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General Public is requested to report any suspicious activity in Punjab, Balochistan and Sind regarding terrorists at universal no 1135 and for KPK at 1125. These numbers can be dialed directly without any code from mobile or PTCL No. Op in Kacha: Chotu with his 13 gang members surrendered unconditionally, all 24 hostage policemen rescued safely. Families of dacoits recovered safely from Island;24 ladies,44 children. Op continues till last dacoit. Combing op will be carried out to cleanse area. Chotu will be transported and interrogated. No go areas will be eliminated from across country. (@AsimBajwaISPR)
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SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE VISITS PAKISTAN NAVY FACILITIES AND INSTALLATIONS AT KARACHI & COASTAL AREAS -EXPRESSES SATISFACTION OVER PN'S OPERATIONAL PREPAREDNESS AND NATION BUILDING EFFORTS

11 member delegation of Senate Standing Committee on Defence, headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, visited facilities and installation of Pakistan Navy at Karachi and coastal areas during their three days visit.

The delegation visited Fleet Headquarters, Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works and Fleet Units including ships and submarines. During the visit, a comprehensive briefing was given to the Committee on the emerging contemporary challenges in the region and Pakistan Navy's role in safeguarding the country's maritime interests. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present during the briefing. The committee was apprised on the adversary's massive naval build-up particularly acquisition of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers which are a matter of serious concern not only for Pakistan but also for the regional peace. The Senate Committee was also briefed on the indigenization programme of Pakistan Navy.

The Committee undertook detailed visit of Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara, considered as the future home port of PN Fleet, where they were briefed on various developmental projects of the Base. Besides operational development plans, the Committee was also briefed on Pakistan Navy's contributions towards nation building and initiatives to uplift socio-economic condition of Baloch populace residing along the Makran Coastal belt. During visit of the Cadet College Ormara, where 50% of the cadets are from Balochistan whose education is free, the Committee members were apprised about the quality education and training being provided to the Cadets.

Similarly, during the visit of 100 bed hospital PNS DARMAN JAH, the Committee was briefed about the quality medical facilities afforded to the local population in addition to PN personnel. Later the committee visited Gwadar port where it was briefed about the importance of the port for the CPEC project and the effective measures PN has taken for the security of the port and its seaward approaches.

On the occasion, the Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Mr Mushahid Hussain Syed expressed satisfaction over PN's operational preparedness and nation building efforts. The Committee assured its full support to PN in its future developmental plans for safeguarding the maritime interests of Pakistan in the Indian Ocean.


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Maj Gen Muhammad Tauqeer Ahmad  was installed Colonel Commandant of Army Services Corps. General Raheel Sharif, COAS pinned the badges of rank at a ceremony held at Army Service  Corps Centre, Nowshehra. COAS also interacted with veterans of the Corps.

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General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, witnessed today the ongoing maneuver exercise of a Corps, near Jhelum. The exercise is being conducted in an overall framework of effectively repulsing enemy offensive through integrated application of artillery, air and combat aviation firepower. COAS expressed complete satisfaction over the high standard of operational preparedness and appreciated the professional skills displayed by the participating troops.

Earlier on arrival, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General Ikram Ul Haq Comd 30 Corps and Major General Sarfraz Sattar General Officer Commanding 8 Division.

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Mr. Yavar Jamalov, Minister of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called on General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi.

Matters of mutual interest and enhancement in bilateral cooperation between both countries came under discussion during the meeting. The visiting dignitary lauded the sacrifices made by the Nation and Armed Forces in fight against terrorism.

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An FWO soldier embraced shahadat While clearing slide on KKH today. According to details  today at around 1130 Sep Rab Nawaz   was clearing  slide at KKH near Jaglot when another slide triggered and  he suffered serious injuries. The injured soldier was evac to CMH Gilgit but he could not survive  and embraced  Shahadat at around 1330 hrs.

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“We should be bold, innovative, pragmatic and yet safe in conduct of Naval Operations”…  NAVAL CHIEF

Pakistan Navy’s Annual Safety Review for the year 2015 was held at Bahria Auditorium today. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Pakistan Navy safety review is an important forum where safety standards are discussed to mark importance of safety culture which in turn provides a road map to further enhance safe working environment in Pakistan Navy.

Addressing the ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, expressed his satisfaction over adherence to safety culture in Pakistan Navy. He said that safety has great affinity with Operational Readiness and Material Preparedness. Hence the success of Naval Operations are deeply enshrined in adherence to safety protocols. Operational readiness of Navy requires modern technology and well trained human resource which are acquired by spending a considerable chunk of National exchequer. Therefore, it is thus incumbent upon us to safeguard our assets with utmost care.

The Admiral said that we have to neutralize and overcome any untoward incident through our professional acumen, foresightedness and training in the ambit of available resources. I once again re-emphasize that resources will always be limited, we must make up for these limitations through better training and enhanced safety consciousness. It is equally important to understand that safety concerns should not make us timid. We should be bold, innovative, pragmatic and yet safe in conduct of Naval Operations. Our goal should be a safe and efficient Navy.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini said that 2015 was a year with a whole range of challenging operational, maintenance and admin activities. The important ones being Live Weapon Firing, Exercise Seaspark, Overseas deployments and Special Operations Exercises, which tested the men and material to the limits.

In the end, the Chief Guest congratulated all the winners and gave away the safety trophies and awards.

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General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, today visited Pakistan’s Center of Excellence for Nuclear Security (PCENS) and inaugurated Physical Protection Exterior Laboratory (PPEL) that has been established in collaboration with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). CJCSC termed it to be a significant step in Pakistan’s continued efforts towards strengthening nuclear safety and security culture.

CJCSC also witnessed ongoing training activities of the SPD Security Force and visited other state of the art facilities. He appreciated the professionalism and dedication of the force and commended the focus on high standard of training for nuclear security. CJCSC emphasized that nuclear security being national responsibility is accorded highest priority by Pakistan.

Upon arrival at PCENS, CJCSC was received by Director General Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil and the Chairman of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), Mr Anwar Habib.

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Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, who is on an  official visit to Jordan,  witnessed   field  exercise of  Jordanian Special Operations Forces at  King  Abdullah Special Operations training center.  General Raheel Sharif appreciated state of the art training facility and exchanged views with exercise participants. COAS vowed to share and benefit from each other’s experience in counter terrorism operations.

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Pakistan Navy’s Annual Safety Review for the year 2015 was held at Bahria Auditorium today. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Pakistan Navy safety review is an important forum where safety standards are discussed to mark importance of safety culture which in turn provides a road map to further enhance safe working environment in Pakistan Navy.

Addressing the ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, expressed his satisfaction over adherence to safety culture in Pakistan Navy. He said that safety has great affinity with Operational Readiness and Material Preparedness. Hence the success of Naval Operations are deeply enshrined in adherence to safety protocols. Operational readiness of Navy requires modern technology and well trained human resource which are acquired by spending a considerable chunk of National exchequer. Therefore, it is thus incumbent upon us to safeguard our assets with utmost care.

The Admiral said that we have to neutralize and overcome any untoward incident through our professional acumen, foresightedness and training in the ambit of available resources. I once again re-emphasize that resources will always be limited, we must make up for these limitations through better training and enhanced safety consciousness. It is equally important to understand that safety concerns should not make us timid. We should be bold, innovative, pragmatic and yet safe in conduct of Naval Operations. Our goal should be a safe and efficient Navy.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini said that 2015 was a year with a whole range of challenging operational, maintenance and admin activities. The important ones being Live Weapon Firing, Exercise Seaspark, Overseas deployments and Special Operations Exercises, which tested the men and material to the limits.

In the end, the Chief Guest congratulated all the winners and gave away the safety trophies and awards.

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Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, who is on an official visit to Jordon called on His Majesty King Abdullah II at king’s Palace. Matters of mutual interest including enhanced defence and security collaboration and regional security situation in the Middle East came under discussion. Both leaders agreed that Pakistan and Jordan share a great history of cordial relations and deep rooted spirit of brotherhood which is transforming into enduring partnership.

King Abdullah II appreciated Pakistan Army’s achievements in fight against terrorism and efforts to promote regional  peace and stability.

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Maj Gen Delali Johnson Sakyi , Chief Military Observor and Head of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) Laying floral wreath at Gyari shahuda monument during his  visit to Gyari , Siachin today. UNMOGIP is one of the oldest UN mission  established in 1948 to  report  ceasefire violations along LOC and working boundary.

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Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrived Jordan for a two days official visit. COAS was given unprecedented reception on his arrival at Jordan and was received by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Jordanian Armed Forces, Gen Mashal Al-Zaben and Chief of Royal Jordanian Air Force,  Major General Mansour AlJobour.

Later, COAS met HRH Prince Al-Hassan bin Talal and also called on  Chief of Royal Jordanian Air Force,  Major General Mansour AlJobour  . COAS also held separate  meetings with Gen Mashal Al-Zaben, Chairman Joint chief of Staff Jordanian Armed forces, HRH Lt Gen Prince feisal Bin El Hussein.  During the meetings regional security, military to military relations, matter of  mutual interest including enhanced defence collaboration and military training exchanges were discussed.

Later in an exclusive ceremony, Gen Reheel Sharif was awarded the most prestigious Jordanian medal of merit for displaying remarkable courage in leading Pak Army in the face of multiple threats specially the menace of terrorism, and above all for his great efforts to promote peace and stability in the region.

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Lt General Liu Sheng, Vice Chief of Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission, China, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called-on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, today at Naval Headquarters. During the meeting detailed discussion were held on professional matters.

    Later, a comprehensive brief on Pakistan Navy’s role in Regional Maritime Security situation and Operational Development in the Indian Ocean was also given to the visiting Dignitary.

During the visit, Lt General Liu Sheng is scheduled to meet Naval Field Commanders at Karachi and will also visit PN Ship.

    Lt General Liu Sheng, besides holding the appointment of Vice Chief of Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission, China, has had the privilege to serve on various coveted appointments including Director General and Chief of Department of Armed and Services Equipment, General Equipment Headquarters of PLA and Chief of Overall Planning Deptt of General Equipment Headquarters, PLA.

    Lt General Liu Sheng is a graduate of Northwestern Polytechnical University and holds doctor’s degree in War Studies.

This visit is expected to greatly enhance the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.


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Mr Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister, called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif at GHQ today.
   
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including regional security situation and measures to further enhance collaboration between both the countries came under discussion.

 Italian Foreign Minister also appreciated successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb and efforts of Pakistan for regional security.

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General Claudio GRAZIANO, Chief of Defence General Staff, Italian Armed Forces called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif at GHQ today.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including regional security situation and measures to further enhance defencecollaboration between both the countries came under discussion.

Chief of Defence General Staff, Italian Armed Forces also appreciated successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb and efforts of Pakistan for regional security.

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DG ISPR Tweets

Operation in Kacha: Chhotu with his 13 gang members surrendered unconditionally, all 24 hostage policemen rescued safely-1

Operation in Kacha: Families of dacoits recovered safely from Island;24 ladies,44 children. Operation continues till last dacoit-2

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General Claudio Graziano, Chief of Defence General Staff, Italian Armed Forces, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called on General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest with emphasis on geo-strategic situation came under discussion. Both sides reaffirmed the resolve to further enhance cooperation between the Armed Forces. The visiting dignitary lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in fight against terrorism.

Earlier, upon arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters, the visiting General was presented Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out contingent of tri-services.

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General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff visited Signal Regimental Centre Kohat today. At an installation ceremony COAS pinned the badges of rank on the shoulders of Major General Sohail Ahmed Zaidi, Singnal-in-Chief to formally install him Colonel Commandant of Corps of Signal. Interacting with officers, men and families of Shuhada COAS commended the extra ordinary efforts of ranks of signals Corps in providing communication support to Op Zarb-e-Azb. He also appreciated the sacrifices rendered both by men in uniform and civilians alike in defeating the terrorists and dislodging them from their bases. COAS further said, on going war against terrorism and extremism being fought with the backing of entire nation can not bring enduring peace and stability unless the menace of corruption is not uprooted. Therefore, across the board accountability is necessary for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan. Pakistan Armed Forces will fully support every meaningful effort in that direction, which would ensure a better future for our next generations.
 
Earlier COAS laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered Fateha.

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General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of General Staff, United Kingdom called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif at GHQ today.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including regional security situation and measures to further enhance defence cooperation between both the countries came under discussion.

Chief of General Staff, United Kingdom also appreciated successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb and efforts of Pakistan for regional security.

Earlier, on arrival at General Headquarters, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented Guard of Honour to the dignitary. General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter also laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada.

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General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of General Staff, UK, who is on official visit to Pakistan, called on General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Both dignitaries discussed matters of mutual interest and agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two Armed Forces.

The visiting dignitary lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in fight against terrorism.

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“Pakistan with its long coastline can not realise its economic potential if we don’t have a strong navy. Pakistan Navy is playing a very important role in protecting Pakistan’s maritime interests”- Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform, Mr Ahsan Iqbal while addressing the Seminar held at Pakistan Navy War College

Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore hosted a seminar on “China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) & Emerging Maritime Security Challenges, today.    Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform, Mr Ahsan Iqbal graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

A total of four papers were presented in the seminar by renowned speakers.  In first session, the speaker Mr Masood Khan deliberated on the topic ‘The Chinese One Belt One Road (OBOR)and developing Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean Region’ which was followed by Mr Siddiq-ur-Rehman Rana who presented his paper on the theme ‘CPEC(1+4) the Economic Dimension and a Great Opportunity for Coastal Belt’.  During the second session,  V/Adm (Retd) Asaf Humayun spoke on ‘CPEC and Maritime Security’ which was followed by the last paper by R/Adm Kaleem Shaukat on ‘CPEC and expanding role of PN’. Towards the end,   analysis and debrief of the seminar was conducted by V/Adm (Retd) Ahmad Tasnim; being the moderator of the seminar. Interactive sessions were also held during the seminar in which the audience clarified their queries about the subject.

The Chief Guest Mr Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform, in his address highlighted the importance of CPEC and termed it as a game changer for the country. He stated that with Gwadar port coming up fast, Pakistan and particularly Balochistan province would see a wave of economic prosperity and progression in very near future. He emphasized upon security challenges being posed to this mega project and reaffirmed the resolve of the Government, Defence Forces and People of Pakistan in countering them. While talking about the importance of Pakistan Navy, Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform said that Pakistan with its long coastline can not realise its economic potential if we don’t have a strong Navy. He further added that Pakistan Navy is playing a very important role in protecting Pakistan’s maritime interests. In the end, he lauded the efforts of PN War College on holding seminar on such an important subject of national stature. 

Earlier in his welcome address, Rear Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi stated that overarching aim of the seminar is to acquaint the cross-section of the country’s polity with the tasks and responsibilities of Pakistan Navy and the manner in which CPEC is likely to influence these. He asserted that PN stands firmly as the defender of national maritime interests and security of the port of Gwadar, the pivot of CPEC. He also thanked the Chief Guest, Speakers, distinguished audience and the local academia including university students for attending the seminar.

As a premier institute of learning, PN War College has persistently strived in its outreach to create awareness among local populace in general and academia in particular, on issues of maritime significance.  The seminar was second in the series of seminars on the subject, organized by PN War College.

A large number of Naval Officers, faculty and students of Civil Services Academy, FC College, Kinnaird College and Bahria University attended the seminar.

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Corps Commander Multan visited troops in Kacha area to see preparation for impending operation against criminals.

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COAS visited shawal,  reviewed progress of last phase of operation in Shawal and spent whole day with troops busy in eliminating terrorists from their last bastion,  close to Pak-Afghan Border. COAS was briefed in detail by formation commander about operational gains so far. COAS was apprised that since start of last phase in February 2016, in treacherous terrain of Shawal, more than 800  sq KM of area has been secured inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists. Lauding the successful completion of Shawal Op, COAS acknowledged exceptional achievements, courage, determination and sacrifices of troops in achieving the objectives.  He, however emphasised on consolidating the gains and resettle TDPs back in their areas to the best of our abilities. Talking of breaking the nexus between terrorists and their facilitators sitting outside FATA, COAS directed to undertake large scale combing ops immediately to seek out terrorists, their sleeper cells and facilitators in areas other than FATA and enhance reach of the LEAs.   

Speaking to officers and men while standing in  Shawal Valley, COAS said standing shoulder to shoulder with us, the entire Nation highly values the  sacrifices being rendered in this fight against terrorism.

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President Speech at Pakistan Military Academy

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Operation in Kacha: Army troops deployed.Take over charge of operation.Cordon reinforced,Police&Rangers already in operation will continue to participate under Army.

Op in Kacha:Whatever resources required,will be employed to accomplish mission. Updated Info about op will be shared regularly.

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President Mamnoon Hussain and General Raheel Sharif standing  at the saluting dais on the occasion of 134 PMA Long Course at Kakul on Saturday.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif conferred military awards to Army personnel, for acts of gallantry, in ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in an investiture ceremony, held at General Headquarters today.

A large number of military officials and relatives of Shuhada and Ghazis attended the ceremony. 35 officers and soldiers were awarded TAMGHA-E-BISALAT, 35 officers were awarded SITARA-I-IMTIAZ (MILITARY), and 5 officers and soldiers were awarded United Nations (UN) Medal. Medals of Shuhada were received by their family members. After the ceremony, COAS interacted with wards of Shahuada and spent time with them.

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COAS visited Corps Headquarters Karachi and chaired a security meeting today. Corps Commander, DG ISI, DG MO, DG MI, DG Rangers were present. COAS was briefed in detail regarding ongoing Karachi operation including intelligence based operations.

While expressing his satisfaction over success and pace of operation, COAS lauded Rangers, Intelligence and other law enforcement agencies for their phenomenal achievements and sacrifices in improving security environment in Karachi. COAS also appreciated the people of Karachi for their unflinching support for the security forces.

COAS said that economic progress and economic activity is directly linked with peace in Karachi hence a terror free and peaceful Karachi is the ultimate aim of this operation and all efforts must be directed with a focused approach to achieve this objective.

Earlier in the morning, he addressed the faculty, participants and allied officers of Air War Course. He dilated on the current global issues,regional security Environment, and our fight against the menace of terrorism. He resolved to take the fight to its logical end and help create enironment to embark the country on the road to development. Speaking at the occasion, he lauded PAF's role and contributions in support of Army in Op Zarb-E-Azb. Synergy achieved between Air and Land forces has been highly appreciable.

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COAS during his visit to Corps HQ Karachi on Wednesday.


COAS addressing at Air War College

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Commander 10 Corps Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal visited rain/ landslide affected areas of Gigit Baltistan. Corps Commander  presented donation of  five trucks load of food  items by Pak Army to Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan.

A high level meeting to overview  the losses occurred  by recent heavy rains/ land slides and relief activities  was also  held at Gilgit. Meeting was  attended by CM, Governor, Corps Commander, Chief Secretary GB, Commander FCNA and IG Police GB.Issues of food shortage, blockage of important road links including Kara Koram highway and future strategy were also discussed in the meeting.

Comd 10 Corps assured full support and cooperation of Pak Army to CM Gilgit Baltistan and reiterated that Pak Army stands by people of Gilgit Baltistan in this hour of need.

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Corps Commander 10 Corps presenting relief goods donated by Pakistan Army to Chief Minister GB for affected people due to rain/ landslides

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COAS in Gwadar at Seminar-Peace & prosperity in Balochistan & CPEC. Impressive/diverse, large gathering-Pics on the way.

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COAS SPEECH AT GAWADAR

“BismillahIrrakhmanNirraheem”
Nawab Sana UllahZehri,  Chief Minister of Balochistan

Commander Southern Command, Excellencies, Respected participants of the Seminar, Ladies and Gentlemen

Assalam-O-Alaikum,

Ø   it is indeed a matter of great honour and privilege for me to be part of this august gathering. I am thankful to the Govt of Balochistan, HQ Southern Command and organizers of this Seminar for giving me the opportunity to attend this event of immense significance.

Ø   I am also grateful to the participants for their candid views and worthwhile ideas which will help us in optimizing the tue potential of this project.

Ø   CPEC is the grand manifestation of the deep-rooted ties between China and Pakistan. Much larger than its bilateral benefits, CPEC is indeed a corridor of peace & prosperity, not only for the people of Pakistan & China but also for the region and beyond. It will bind all these nations together and bring about an economic transformation through enhanced connectivity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ø   Having passed through tough fight against terrorism, we have now come a long way in our struggle for stability and development. As you all know, Op Zarb-e-Azb is in progress, and let me say with satisfaction, that we are in the final stages of our military operation in FATA

Ø   I take pride in mentioning the strong resolve and sacrifices offered by the people, Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies, and our gallant armed forces. Ladies and Gentlemen, Op Zarb-e-Azb is not only an operation but a wholesome concept. It ultimately aims at breaking the syndicate of terrorism, extremism and corruption. I urge  the international community to not only acknowledge our successes and sacrifices, but also come forward in blocking external help to these terrorist organizations and their facilitators, abettors and financiers.

Ø   With relative stability achieved, environment is now set for launching of development prong.

Ø   CPEC is a lifetime opportunity for Pakistan to improve the socio-economic equation of its underprivileged areas and populace. I assure the people of Balochistan that it is they,who will benefit the most from the fruits of this project.

Ø   In my belief,CPEC is poised to bring a true economic transformation to the Province. In the place of today’s rugged mountains and lifeless barren deserts, we look forward to the emergence of modern infrastructure, special economic zones, health facilities and universities which will bring enduring benefits for our people.

Ø   It is pertinent to mention that, though Gwadar is central to the broader conception of CPEC, the corridor itself ranges from Western China to the plains and coasts of Pakistan and promises to bring prosperity to the remotest areas of Pakistan from Gilgit-Baltistan to Balochistan.

Ø   For sustainability of this project, transparency and good management are extremely important. Socio-economic justice resulting from the balanced development will also increase people’s stakes in national unity and cohesion. For our enduring progress and prosperity, this sense of coherence will be our greatest asset.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ø   Now, zooming out to the global and regional level, we have seen a wide appreciation of CPEC by many world powers who appreciate the true potential of CPEC as a catalyst of economic transformation of the entire region.

Ø   At the same time, CPEC has also raised many eyebrows by those competing for influence in the region.

Ø   In this context, I must highlight that India,our immediate neighbor, has openly challenged this development initiative.

Ø   We all know that hostile intelligence agencies are averse to this grand project. Here, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to make a special reference to Indian Intelligence Agency RAW that is blatantly involved in destabilizing Pakistan. Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Therefore, it is important for all to leave behind confrontation, and focus on cooperation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ø   Since the onset of CPEC, Balochistan has seen unprecedented development of communication infrastructure. We mobilized Army Engineers for construction and, Army and Frontier Corpsunits for security of the projects. Over the past two years, six hundred and seventy five kms of roads have already been constructed, while by the end of this year, a total of eight hundred and seventy kms of road infrastructure will be completed by FWO.

Ø   With Gwadar as pivot, the dividends of CPEC will be reaped not only by Balochistan but shall spread across the entire rim of Indian Ocean Region.

Ø   As the Chief of Army Staff, I assure you that security of CPEC is our national undertaking and we will not leave any stone unturned. We will continue to keep a close watch at its every step.

Ø   To this effect, a fifteen thousand strong dedicated force is already in place under the ambit of Spec Security Division.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Ø   CPEC, besides being at the core of our national resolve, is a reflection of Pakistan-China friendship. It will be truly realized, whatever it takes.  Insha’Allah this year, we will move Cargo from heartland China to Gwadar and beyond, fulfilling our dream.

Ø   I have no doubt in my mind that, with the help of God Almighty, Gwadar is set to become a port, worthy of its geo-political significance, transforming our beloved Pakistan into a prosperous state, as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Ø   At this point, let me emphasize that our greatest asset is our youth; the hope and future of this great nation. Whatever we build today, we build it for them. The investment that we are making in our youth today, will enable them to take on the challenges of tomorrow and lead this great country to a prosperous future.

Ø   In the end, I would like to specially thank the brave people of Balochistan, Government officials of the Province, Officers and men of Southern Command and Frontier Corps in transforming the environment which has made possible quick development and paved the way for progress.

Ø   May Allah help us in our future endeavours and be our guide and protector.


Balochistan Zinda Bad,

Pakistan Painda Bad

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Ambassador Richard G. Olson, US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, today at General Headquarters.During the meeting overall regional security situation with particular reference to situation in Afghanistan came under discussion. Ambassador also appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in fight against terrorism.

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Indian troops on the line of Control resorted to heavy unprovoked firing and shelling in Neza Pir sector last night . Unprovoked firing which started at 2340 hrs last night lasted till 0445 hrs early morning. Pakistan Army troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing and shelling. No loss reported so far.

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On 10 Apr 2016 at 1330 hrs, hotline contact between DGMOs of  Pakistan and India was established in the backdrop of ceasefire violation by Indian Army on night 9/10 April 2016. Issues related to subject ceasefire violation across the line of control were discussed. Pakistani DGMO protested against the unprovoked initiation of fire by Indian troops along LOC.

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5th CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF AMATEUR GOLF CUP CONCLUDES AT MARGALLA GREENS GOLF CLUB, ISLAMABAD, IDREES NISAR EMERGES AS THE NEW CHAMPION

Idrees Nisar of Rawalpindi Golf Club won the 5th Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup that concluded here at Margalla Greens Golf Club, Islamabad. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah graced the prize distribution ceremony as chief guest.

While addressing the ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff said that undoubtedly Pakistan has enormous potential and talent in sports and Pakistan Navy has always strived to encourage them and remained at the forefront in promoting sports in the country, especially the golf. The amazing game of golf presently adopts / uses the latest technology which is basically a combination of the powerful mental and physical techniques. Mastering the basic golf techniques and tactical skills are vital to achieving improvement in golf and complimenting with practice, it ends up maximizing your golfing success.

The Naval Chief also said that conduct of CNS Golf Championships and such other tournaments have played significant role in flourishing the game of golf in the country which give breeding grounds for young golfers to compete at national level. If properly nurtured and channelized, these Golfers can bring laurels for Pakistan at International level.

Chief of the Naval Staff anticipated that it is with a sense of fulfillment that the game of golf is flourishing under the patronage of Pakistan Navy in Islamabad. He also appreciated efforts of Margalla Greens Golf Club management committee. The Admiral thanked the event sponsors; Indus motors company, Turkish Airline, Cutting Edge Communication, Allied Bank, Bahria University, Pizza Hut, Samma FM and Coca Cola for extending their essential support, without which, this event could not have been a success and more importantly for keeping the spirit of golf, alive in the country.

At the end, prizes were distributed amongst winner of all categories including Amateur, Seniors, Ladies and juniors, whereas the main trophy was given to the best Amateur in the net category, Idrees Nisar from Rawalpindi Golf Club.
The results of all categories of Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup is as under

Amateur Category scores are as under:

S No

Amateur Category

Handicap

Gross

Net

Result

1.

Idrees Nisar (RGC)

6

227

209(-4)

Winner Net

2.

Ehtisham Abbasi (MGGC)

10

240

210(-3)

Runner up Net

3.

Rao M Hassan (RGC)

8

235

211(-2)

2nd Runner up Net

4.

Ghanzanfer Mehmood (GCG)

-1

212(-1)

-

Winner Gross

5.

Taimoor Khan (PSR)

0

213(E)

-

Runner up Gross

6.

Khalid Mehmood (RGC)

4

225

-

2nd Runner up Gross


Senior Amateur Category scores are as under:

S No

Senior Amateur Category

Handicap

Gross

Net

Result

1.

Col Asif Mehdi (RAYA)

05

147

137(-5)

Winner Net

2.

Brig Aslam (RGC)

14

170

142(E)

Runner up Net

3.

Col Saud (PSR)

04

161

153

Winner Gross

4.

Malik M Afsar (IGC)

09

164

146

Runner up Gross

 

 Ladies Category scores are as under:

S No

Ladies Category

Handicap

Gross

Net

Result

1.

Aroba Ali (RGC)

30

88

58 (-13)

Winner Net

2.

Rimsha Ijaz (MGGC)

14

80

66 (-5)

Runner up Net

3.

Ami Qin (IGC)

7

78

-

Winner Gross

4.

Mrs Tahira Nazir (RGC)

8

83

-

Runner up Gross


Juniors Category scores are as under:

S No

Juniors Category

Handicap

Gross

Net

Result

1.

Master Abdullah Umar (MGGC)

20

85

65

Winner Net

2.

Master Rao Hayyan (RGC)

24

97

73

Runner up Net

3.

Master Nile Alam (PAF)

14

90

76

Winner Gross

4.

Master Adam Khan (MGGC)

24

99

75

Runner up Gross


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Update Restoration Effort GB and KPK communication infrastructure.

1. KKH Repair in progress at 4  places (khial, Dassu, Nomad tunnel &Attabad).

2. 70  plants & 550  troops employed. Continous rains/slides are hampering restoration works, however, due to day & night operation, 700 km roads opened till now including Gilgit - Skardu roadd.

3. Main roads in Malakand / Chitral  are open. Work on road Shangla - Bune and Bahrain - Kalam in progress.

4. One C 130 Carrying 11 ton wheat reached Skardu.The recent devastating rains in

5. In spite of massive damage to Optical fiber communication (OFC) network, Pak Army’s Special Communication Organization (SCO) Engineers ensured that telecommunication services to include Landline, GSM and Broadband in Gilgit region remained fully operational through alternate means, whereas, landline communication in Skardu region was also maintained without disruption.

6. Eight Zonal Maintenance Teams (ZMCs) of SCO working in extremely challenging environment remained committed day and night for restoration of OFC network, in-spite of continuing land slides and weather hazards .

7. SCO Engineers fully restored Rawalpindi - Gilgit OFC network to full functionality after restoring the cable at 25 damaged locations and  Gigil-Skardu OFC alignment was also restored after completing the repair work at 15 locations, thus fully restoring the Skardu region’s telecommunication.

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