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Army Chief makes it clear that any attempt to obstruct or impede CPEC would be thwarted at all costs. -AP/File
Army Chief makes it clear that any attempt to obstruct or impede CPEC would be thwarted at all costs. -AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif made it clear on Friday that any attempt to obstruct or impede the progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be thwarted at all costs.

“CPEC would benefit the entire region and we hope that rest of the world views it through the same lens,” said General Sharif.

General Raheel Sharif was speaking at the 88th anniversary of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) held in Islamabad.

Read: Nawaz wants CPEC work finished by end-2017

He congratulated the PLA on the occasion and termed relations between Pakistan and China as an all weather friendship which would grow further in the times ahead.

“I reiterate our firm resolve that your enemy is our enemy and we will together to overcome the challenges presented,” remarked General Sharif.

He also termed the PLA as one of the most professional armies in the world and paid tribute to PLA’s sacrifices while pursuing the dreams of the Chinese nation.

Earlier last week, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif said that the army was ready to pay any cost for making CPEC a reality.

Read more: Raheel vows to complete CPEC at all costs

Unrest has been a major source of concern for the project. The military soon after the inauguration of the project during President Xi’s visit had announced setting up a 10,000-strong special force for protecting the projects to be carried out under the CPEC and the Chinese workers associated with them.

The Chinese have been seriously following the security situation in the province. Chinese Vice-Minister for Security Dong Haizhou visited Pakistan in June for security-related briefings.

During his visit to Balochistan, Gen Sharif said the overall security situation in the province had noticeably improved.

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Ahmed Jul 31, 2015 10:40pm

Salute !!! to his courage and braveness :)

Mark Jul 31, 2015 10:41pm

This man fully deserve another 3 year extension . By the time he will retire I hope the country will be back on track again

Pak usa Jul 31, 2015 10:45pm

He's a legend!!!!

SMI Jul 31, 2015 10:53pm

We standby you sir !

Rashid Ishaq Jul 31, 2015 10:54pm

Thank you General and I hope you will continue working with present and upcoming governments to make it a reality. Nation will remember you

mumtaz.baig@houstontx.gov Jul 31, 2015 10:56pm

General Raheel will be remembered in the history as the savior of the country. Out of his busy schedule can he do something to put Kalabagh on tract again. Those politicians who wants to be killed over the construction of the dam should be killed and burried deep under the lake of the dam. A few politicians death will atleast stop the deaths of hundreds of people who die in the floods and destruction of their properties.

sana Jul 31, 2015 10:59pm

Another challenge to India, i wonder where their surgical strikes slogans gone?

Naveed,USA Jul 31, 2015 11:04pm

Pl continue like this, sir.

AW Jul 31, 2015 11:07pm

Raheel Sharif is a true patriot. The entire nation salutes him. He must remain in his job with all required extensions until the job is done. We simply cannot afford another Kiyani like personality as COAS at this time

Sal Jul 31, 2015 11:27pm

3 more years and there will be peace in pakistan.

Shahid Jul 31, 2015 11:49pm

It takes two Nishan-e-Haider's to find a sweet heart of the public. He knows what the Pakistan nation wants from him and he equally knows that there aren't many who can or tend to deliver that be it polticians or the generals.

ghulam Jul 31, 2015 11:51pm

True Pakistani

Azi Jul 31, 2015 11:52pm

Too bad for India, its up against a hulk. Love you, sir.

Ali Jul 31, 2015 11:56pm

Hope for us Many Thanks Sir

Hamaad Aug 01, 2015 12:04am

General Raheel's words of encouragement and optimism are not mere words but backed by actions too.

S. A. M. Aug 01, 2015 12:06am

wish you long ang strong life and a long tenure in service to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous country.

Sultan Alvi, Toronto, Canada Aug 01, 2015 12:10am

Way To Go General!!!

Zahir Aug 01, 2015 12:10am

We really appreciate you COAS that you are strengthening the PM's visionary step to build an economic corridor. Thanks

ali Aug 01, 2015 12:12am

General Sahib while you are at it, please don't anyone escape who are involved in economic terrorism. thanks in advance

Canada Aug 01, 2015 12:20am

Motive. Who would be aversely effected by CPEC? Iran? No they could benefit. Fast track trade. Afghanstan?No. US? Possibly. India? Probably. So it will be interesting to see if terrorist activity rises in the coming months or not. I have no doubt that India might not want a destabilized PK but it certainly want a weak and submissive PK.

jawad khan Aug 01, 2015 12:25am

The whole nation is with u

jabbar Aug 01, 2015 12:38am

The whole nation is behind u Sir..

dumbfounded Aug 01, 2015 12:45am

The best and the most professional and focused army chief ever commanded Pakistan Army since its inception. A lion leading the army of lions.

Jack Smith Aug 01, 2015 12:54am

Almost 2 years since we know General Raheel, and dare I say, He's more popular than any other public figure in Pakistan.

Cyrus Aug 01, 2015 01:11am

Peoples Liberation Army soldiers are second to none and world's most dedicated to purpose. They rescued and relocated everyone still alive after China's earthquake in Sichuan province without outside help.

Cyrus Aug 01, 2015 01:13am

@Sal ... If the army can crack down hard on criminal accomplices as well as the criminals.

Blue Saffron Aug 01, 2015 01:13am

Great to this COAS watching our back. Feel very secure.

He will always be remembered as a saviour in Pakistan.

Thank you, General Raheel Sharif.

ali Aug 01, 2015 01:25am

This will get Pakistan out of the wilderness and provide hundreds of thousands of jobs through direct employment, contracts and sub contracts and will also give the local steel cement and allied engineering industry a huge boost.There will also be political stability and people will be talking about it on talk shows instead of focusing on politics.

Farouk Aug 01, 2015 01:37am

You are doing a great job sir , we salute you,

Javid Mir Aug 01, 2015 01:46am

slute you sir

Sad Aug 01, 2015 02:30am

Pretty Impressive Guy, I wonder how PMLN selected him as COAS.

Ayan das bangalore Aug 01, 2015 02:57am

@Jack Smith same thing was said abt kayani and abt musharaff and rest Pakistanis generals

Zulfiqar Baig Aug 01, 2015 03:10am

General! Your every statement represents all Pakistanis dream. We salute you and your corps commanders.

Syed Ali Aug 01, 2015 04:16am

@Mark Didn't Pakistanis said the same thing about Gen. Musharaff.

Factual Aug 01, 2015 04:20am

Forcing will not work always Mr General. You need to learn collaborating, taking all in confidence. Excess power usage may have short term gains but long term pains.

Syed Ahmed, Canada Aug 01, 2015 04:41am

@Mark: No doubt he deserves three years extension in his service.

anaffa Aug 01, 2015 05:50am

Dear Gen. Sharif, thank you job well done. we applaud the Pak Army for its hard work and taking proactive measures to tackle terrorist activities. whole nation is proud of you

rama Aug 01, 2015 06:10am

These repeated rhetoric make it clear Pakistan has it own doubt about the implementation, effectiveness and the benefits of the CPEC. Ground work has started for the justification of the failure of the CPEC.

waqar khan Aug 01, 2015 06:42am

Hats off to this great son of soil. What a man, what a general, what a patriot.

raza Aug 01, 2015 01:24pm

coas our saviour

Bachabassi,karachi Aug 01, 2015 07:07pm

Why an Army General speak of every civil matters. where is the elected government?