COAS reaffirms resolve to thwart bid against CPEC

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ISLAMABAD: - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Ambassador of China Sun Weidong, Military, Naval and Air Attached of the Embassy of China Maj General Qi Huajun, Dean of Diplomatic Corps Rodolfo Martin Saravia and former Chief of Naval Staff Asif Sandila cutting the cake during a ceremony to celebrate the 88th Anniversary of the Founding of Chinese People’s Liberatio Army at a local hotel.

RAWALPINDI, Jul 31:  Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday reiterated his firm resolve that any attempt to obstruct or impede China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would be thwarted at all costs.
On occasion of Chinese Army’s 88th Anniversary, he said that cooperation on the CPEC would benefit entire region, said an ISPR press release issued here.
The COAS said that recent strides, holistic concept of CPEC speaks its volumes. “We will see the both nations progressing and further maximizing dividend of our geo strategic relations.”
He said that the entire world looked at CPEC through same lens. He had visited site of the project and the pace of work was in full gear, he added.
General Raheel Sharif said both countries had deep and resolute relations. “All weather friendship is sweeter than honey, higher than Himalaya and deeper than ocean. Our friendship will further grow in these testing times.”
He said,”Your enemy is our enemy. Eliminating East Turkistan Independence Movement (ETIM) is its manifestation.”
The COAS said that Pak-China cooperation for regional stability would squeeze space for anti-states and non states actors for stable Afghanistan.
He congratulated Chinese people and their army for sacrifices in pursuing dreams and said that People Liberation Army (PLA) was one of the best armies.
He said,”Pakistan Army and People Liberation Army (PLA) form edifice of our strategic relations. We will defeat nefarious designs of forces detrimental to us.”

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