RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa Tuesday said effective integration of various arms and services during training was imperative for befitting response to an adversary during the war.
He visited Pano Aqil and witnessed training of formation at Field Firing Ranges, Salehpat, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release.
The COAS was given a detailed briefing on operational preparedness of the desert formation training in the field.
The participating troops demonstrated integrated battle drills by various components as part of the defensive battle in the desert including fire and manoeuvre.
Interacting with troops, the COAS appreciated their combat readiness, training standards and high morale while training under such tough conditions.
He also planted a tree as part of the Sarsabz-o-Shadab Pakistan campaign.
He commended formation for this undertaking in unfavourable desert conditions aimed at preservation of the environment and strengthening the defence of the area.
Later, the COAS visited the family of Sepoy Hizb Ullah Jatoi Shaheed, in village Dattar Dino; Pano Aqil, who embraced Shahadat on September 5, 2021, due to an improvised explosive device attack on Frontier Constabulary troops deployed at Quetta.
The COAS inquired about the well-being of the family and directed all concerned to ensure the welfare of the families of Shuhada; who had sacrificed their lives for the defence of the motherland.
Gen Bajwa warns against hybrid threats
Earlier, on Monday, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Corps Headquarters Karachi. He was given detailed update on operational preparedness, training regime and administrative matters of the corps.
Gen Bajwa was apprised on prevalent internal security situation in the province, especially Army and Pakistan Rangers’ efforts to assist other law enforcement agencies in maintaining law and order. COAS emphasised the need to guard effectively against hybrid threats in view of latest developments in the region and the need to respond collectively with the whole of nation approach.
Gen Bajwa was also briefed on multifaceted assistance being rendered by Army for implementation of Karachi Transformation Plan (KTP), a critical mega initiative under way to uplift Pakistan’s biggest metropolis through various developmental projects in the aftermath of last year’s urban flooding in the city.
Gen Bajwa appreciated Karachi Corps for all-out support to civil administration ensuring timely and efficient action on key projects of KTP. He also visited Khatoon-i-Pakistan Government Girls School, an initiative of Zindagi Trust. He praised school administration for providing state of the art facilities and high standard of education for underprivileged girl students at par with any modern education system.
Later, COAS also interacted with families of martyrs of Army, Pakistan Rangers Sindh, other LEAs including intelligence, Sindh police, ANF and ASF. He spent time with them and inquired about their well-being. Gen Bajwa directed the formation to take all necessary measures for welfare of martyrs’ families.
Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, Commander Karachi Corps, the statement concludes.