Gen Raheel Sharif conferred Istanbul Award

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Saturday conferred Istanbul Special Award on Pakistan Army and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif for playing valiant role in fighting against terrorism.

The award was received by Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Mushahid Hussain Sayed on behalf of Army Chief in 6th Think Tanks Forum of the Islamic Countries held here.

The Forum was arranged under the joint auspices of Pakistan China Institute (PCI) the Turkish Asian Centre for Strategic Studies (TASAM) the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Pakistan’s Senate Committee on Defence.

Addressing the event the President lauded the role of security forces for bravely fighting the menace of terrorism and extremism to establish durable peace in the country.

He told the participants from various Islamic countries that Pakistan had intensified its counter terrorism efforts and operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue till elimination of the scourge of terrorism from Pakistani soil.

Referring to National Action Plan (NAP) the President said that the Plan was chalked out with the consensus of all political parties to eradicate the twin evils of terrorism and extremism.