COAS witnesses trans-frontier offensive

By Staff Reporter
Monday – December 9, 2019
RAWALPINDI: The chief of army staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited strike corps during its winter collective training near Bahawalpur, on Thursday, Gen Bajwa witnessed training exercise for conduct of trans-frontier offensive operations.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statements, the fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and contingent of Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) participated in the exercise.

Gen Bajwa appreciated high standards of training displayed by all participants including the PAF. COAS especially hailed participation and display of high standard of training by the RSLF contingent.

“Strike corps of Pakistan Army have a decisive role during the war. Such exercises enhance confidence for exploiting their optimal combat potential. Pakistan Army from soldiers to generals is a well trained and battle hardened cohesive force ready to take on any challenge confronting defence and security of Pakistan,” Gen Bajwa said.

The senior corps commanders, training and evaluation inspector general (IG), army air defence command commander, senior officers of PAF and deputy commander RSLF Major General Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al Moqrin was also present on the occasion.

Earlier on Wednesday, president Airf Alvi visited army marksmanship firing ranges near Jhelum to witness the closing ceremony of 39th Pakistan army rifle association (PARA) central meet, the mega shooting competition.

President was received by COAS; a total of 953 firers from three services, civil armed forces, team Ex Punjab, KPK, Islamabad police, airport security force (ASF), Lahore garrison shooting gallery and federal rifle association participated in 25 events during the four weeks long PARA meet.

Earlier on last Monday, Gen Bajwa visited the PAF base Mushaf in Sargodha, he was received by Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan who has also commanded Mushaf Base, a tradition shared by many illustrious names of PAF.

The base and its squadrons hold claim to some of the most valiant actions in the history of air warfare and is a proud repository of capability, skills and traditions. COAS was taken to one of the squadrons where Gen Bajwa was flown in an F-16.

The Chief of Air Staff flew in another F-16 and both aircraft proceeded to manoeuvre for a combat action simulation mission.

After the mission, COAS interacted with the fighter pilots of the squadron. He lauded the professionalism and dedication of the PAF and thanked the force for its unmatched services to the nation.

He thanked the Chief of Air Staff for his visionary leadership, acknowledging that inter service harmony and synergy are vital for operational success.

Chief of Air Staff thanked COAS for his visit. Both underlined the need for continued and enhanced interaction between the services in training and operations.