Islamabad: Pakistan has emerged stronger from the “tribulations” though the fight against terrorism “is still on”, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told Italian military leaders.

Gen. Bajwa, who was in Rome on a visit, called on Italian Defence Minister, Dr. Elisabetta Trenta, Chief of Italian Army Lt. Gen. Salvatore Farina and other senior military officials, the Inter Services Public Relations, the media wing of the army said Wednesday.

Gen. Bajwa’s discussions focused on enhancing bilateral defence and security cooperation including potential joint initiatives, the statement said.

“The Italian leadership was highly appreciative of the role played by Pakistan in regional stability and also towards global security,” the ISPR statement said.

“They maintained that Pakistan is well on its way towards a prosperous future and that Italy and Pakistan will benefit by building on the existing relationship between the two countries,” it said.

Asked about the success formula in war against terrorism, Gen. Bajwa said that it was due to the spirit of sacrifice and support of the nation, especially the people in the country’s tribal areas.

“Though the fight is still on, Pakistan has emerged stronger from the tribulations,” he was quoted as saying.

He said that today’s Pakistan is open to the world and the Government is looking for “peace within and peace without” to provide the people the prosperity they deserve after the difficult times.

During the stay, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was also presented demonstrations of Italian defence capabilities both for land and amphibious operations. He also interacted with the Italian defence industry officials.

Gen. Bajwa, 57, also visited the UK and held talks with the country’s military leadership last week.