‘Sri Lanka, Pakistan are the only two countries which understand what it takes to defeat terrorism’ – Pakistan COAS

Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka said no other country understands how to defeat terrorism better than Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“Pakistan and Sri Lanka are probably the only two countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism,” General Bajwa was quoted as saying by Pakistan military’s media unit Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

General Bajwa, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, yesterday met with Sri Lanka’s top military leadership including the Chief of Defense Staff and the Chiefs of all three services.

The COAS was given guards of honor in all three service headquarters and he also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff.

During their meeting, yesterday at the Army headquarters General Bajwa and Sri Lanka Army Chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake shared views on several current issues that are relevant to both organizations.

Discussions largely centered on ongoing training programs for Sri Lankan Army Officers and possibilities of further enhancement of training openings. Exchange of views also focused on possibilities of having Pakistan – Sri Lanka bilateral exercises, identical to ‘Mithra Shakthi’ with India, etc.

The Sri Lanka Army Media Unit said the visiting Army Chief also assured support for infrastructure development of Sri Lanka Army training schools and also the inclusion of Sri Lankan Officers in different instructor courses. Talks also touched on the enhancement of training slots in Officer Cadet training programs.

The Pakistan COAS was accorded a special Guard of Honor in compliance with naval traditions upon his arrival and warmly received at the Navy Headquarters. Subsequently, he held cordial discussions with Commander of the Navy on several matters of mutual interest, the Navy said.

According to ISPR, Sri Lankan leadership expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan’s unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka’s successful war on terror. They also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in ongoing War on Terror.

The COAS highlighted that having cleared troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colors, Pakistan is now going after their disorganized residual presence under Operation Radd ul Fasaad.

He said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are probably the only two countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism.

During the meetings, various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defense ties between the two brotherly countries.

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