ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa applauded his country’s strategic partnership with China after witnessing the commissioning of an advanced Chinese tank into the army’s strike formation in Gujranwala city on Tuesday.
Pakistan and China have maintained strong diplomatic and military cooperation with each other. The two countries signed a defense pact in December 2020, only a few months after the United States and India reached the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation.
After jointly developing JF-17 fighter jet with China, Pakistan formally inducted VT-4 Tank on Tuesday, said the military’s media wing, ISPR, in an official statement.
“VT-4 Tank is another symbol of [the] Pakistan-China strategic cooperation and defense collaboration,” the army chief said at the occasion. “Its induction will boost strike capabilities of our formations.”
According to the ISPR statement, the Chinese tank “is a robust war fighting machine” with “advanced armor protection, high maneuverability and exceptional firepower.”
“The fast-changing dynamics of warfare demand highest degree of professionalism and rigorous training with due focus on harnessing sophisticated technologies,” he added.
General Bajwa maintained that a continuous up-gradation of conventional capabilities was imperative to maintain “qualitative edge over adversary and deter aggression.” He also witnessed the Dynamic Integrated Training Simulator for VT-4 Tank.