H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK hosted a dinner in honour of Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif and his delegation at his official residence “Pakistan House” on 30 September 2015, says a press release received here today from London.
In his address on the occasion, the Chief of Army Staff said Pakistan was passing through defining moments. He said Operation Zarb-e-Azb had a great positive effect on Pakistan’s security environment and that it would continue until we get rid of the menace of terrorism. General Raheel Sharif also expressed his resolve to bring the displaced families of FATA back to their homes.
The COAS said: “Pakistan has great future; we have given great sacrifices and it is time for Pakistan to move on, have peace and stability and make economic progress.”
General Raheel termed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a game changer and said it would benefit not only Pakistan but the entire region.
The COAS said Pakistan wanted good neighbourly relations with India but with dignity and honour.
Speaking about Pakistan-UK bilateral relations, the Chief of Army Staff said the two countries have historical relations and military to military linkages with each other were strengthening.
General Raheel Sharif thanked the British Pakistani community for their support in these testing times as well as showing an understanding of the challenges faced by Pakistan.
The High Commissioner, in his address, welcomed the Chief of Army Staff and his delegation at the dinner. He also appreciated the successful Operation Zarb-e-Azb under the leadership of General Raheel Sharif. The courage with which the armed forces and the people of Pakistan are fighting this menace is unpanelled, said the High Commissioner.
The High Commissioner further said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan was moving ahead in all fields as a confident nation. He said Prime Minister’s vision of peaceful neighbourhood is the guiding principle of our policy and we believe in strengthening ties through trade and investment. In this regard, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was vital for the development and prosperity of the region, he added.
The High Commissioner said UK is a close friend and development partner of Pakistan. This friendship, he said, was further strengthened by our vibrant diaspora. The High Commissioner said that frequent bilateral visits of the political and military leadership of the two countries provide further impetus to the existing relationships.
The dinner was attended by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Lords, MPs, MEPs, British military and civil service officers, business leaders, Pakistani community and media representatives.