RAWALPINDI: GHQ Investiture ceremony was held at General Headquarters Rawalpindi. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) conferred military awards to Army personnel for their acts of gallantry during operations and meritorious services rendered to the nation.
Families of Shuhada also attended the ceremony. 47 officers were awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military). 6 officers, 7 Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and 12 Soldiers were awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat. Medals of Shuhada were received by their family members. A large number of senior Army officers and families of awardees attended the ceremony.
Paying rich tribute to Shaheeds and Ghazis, COAS said that we owe peace and stability of our country to the selfless devotion and sacrifices of these officers and soldiers who are our real heroes. There is no cause more noble than laying ones life for defence of motherland and sacrifices of our martyrs won’t go waste, COAS said.
COAS lauded brave families of Shuhada for supreme sacrifices they rendered for the country. He said Pakistan “owes [its] peace and stability to the selfless devotion and sacrifices” of its martyrs.
Terming the martyrs the real heroes of the country, the army chief said, “there is no cause more noble than laying one’s life for defence of motherland and sacrifices of our martyrs won’t go [to] waste.”
Gen Bajwa conferred awards on army personnel for their acts of bravery during operations and meritorious services rendered to the nation, the ISPR statement said.
Senior army officers, families of those receiving awards, as well as martyrs’ families attended the ceremony, it said.
According to the statement, 47 officers were awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, while six officers, seven junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and 12 soldiers were awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat. Medals that were awarded to martyrs were received by their families, it further stated.
Exercise with Chinese troops concludes
Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of the two-week-long Joint Anti-Terrorist Exercise 2021 was held on Monday at the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Pabbi, where the troops from China and Pakistani armed forces took part in the drill.
It was the first military exercise conducted in Pakistan under the ambit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure, said a press release issued by the ISPR.
The exercise focused on enhancing cooperation and cohesiveness in combating international terrorism.
The Chinese and Pakistani troops participated in the exercise and shared their experiences of capacity building and innovative approaches and methods on emerging technologies being used to counter the evolving threats.