Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Friday said let there be no doubt that Pakistan's armed forces are battle hardened and fully capable of countering any internal or external threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the country.

A statement from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that during a visit to the Frontier Corps headquarters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, General Sharif said the entire nation acknowledged the sacrifices by the security forces as part of a national effort to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from Pakistan. He said these sacrifices will not go in vain.

Referring to the successes in various operations against terrorists, he lauded the efforts and determination of all troops and law enforcement agencies which "cleared the affected areas."

"We are fully prepared to confront any challenge in future as well", he added.