Islamabad - Chief of Army Staff, General Raheef Sharif yesterday visited Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology (AFIO) and met wounded warriors of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

The Army Chief while interacting with war heroes paid the richest tribute to their sacrifice and valour and said, “We never give up and never quit.”

Till date a total 179 soldiers have lost their complete or partial eyesight due to IED blasts.

According to ISPR, at present 56 valiant sons of soil are undergoing treatment in the Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology, 30 out of them have lost their both eyes.

The COAS spent time with them and inquired after their well being. 

During his visit to AFIO, the COAS was given a detailed briefing on pilot project of state of the art Visual Rehabilitation Centre for visually disabled soldiers, which includes computer/IT lab, Braille, vocational and recreational facilities.

The COAS was briefed that all efforts are being made to retrieve eyesight of a few injured soldiers who are in curable zone.

General Raheel Sharif instructed all concerned to leave no stone unturned to provide best medical treatment to these national heroes who have sacrificed their eyesight to help realise Quaid’s vision of Pakistan.

The COAS appreciated the standard of treatment and medical care being extended by dedicated team of doctors and paramedical staff at AFIO.

Earlier on arrival, the COAS was received by Adjutant General Lieutenant General Anwar Ali Hyder, and Lieutenant General Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, Surgeon General Pakistan Army.