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4 Major Generals have been promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant General. Those promoted include Major General Majid Ehsan, Major General Aamir Abbasi, Major General Abdullah Dogar, Major General Hamood uz Zaman.

Major General Majid Ehsan promoted Lieutenant General and posted as President NDU. Major General Abdullah Dogar promoted Lieutenant General and appointed Corps Commander Multan.

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Military Operations are being conducted in Khost and Paktia, Afghanistan by Resolute Support Mission ( RSM) / Afghan  Forces, opposite   Kurram  Agency. During last 24 hours,  number of Air engagements have taken place in those  areas  inside Afghanistan with reports of heavy losses to Terrorists. As a follow up of COAS visit to Afghanistan, coordination between the forces has enhanced. RSM timely shared details about the said operation within Afghan territory. There has been no air violation along Pak-Afg border in that area nor any drone strike in Kurram Agency as being misreported by few. Based on timely sharing, Pakistan Army is vigilant as Anvil on own side along Pak-Afghan  border.

A better security coordination will take both countries towards enduring peace and stability defeating the common enemy.

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Commander Rawalpindi  Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza visited various sectors of LOC today. Commander condemned Indian non professional, unethical and brutal cross LOC firing resulting into civilian casualties. While interacting with soldiers , he lauded morale and motivation of the troops and said that our professional ethos and moral obligation restrict us from responding in kind , as Kashmiris living on other side of the LOC are our brothers. He also appreciated resilience of civil population and their confidence in Army troops in the Area.

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4 Security forces troops including an officer embraced shahdat while 3 injured due to  IED blast planted by terrorists near kharlachi ,  Khuram Agency. The troops were part of search party for handlers of rescued foreigners the other day.

Details of Shaheed and injured

Shaheed:-

1. Capt Husnain
2. Sep saeed baz
3. Sep Qadir
4. Sep Jumma Gul

Injured:-
1. Nk anwar
2. Sep zahir
3. Lnk sher Afzal

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Balochistan

FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Pirkoh, Dera Bugti and Surki, Murgha Faqir Zai in Qila Saif Ullah on terrorist hideouts.  14  illegal Afghan national apprehended.  45 kg explosive and ammunition and weapons recovered. 

KPK 

Security Forces conducted an IBO in village Machis of North Waziristan Agency. A large quantity of arms including  rockets, Machine Guns  Rifles , pistols  along with large quantity of ammunition  recovered.

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Passing out parade of 136th PMA Long Course, Graduate Course 36th, Technical Graduate Course 29th and Integrated Course 55 was held at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul today. The cadets from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Turkmenistan and Libya were also among the passed out courses.
General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of General Staff (CGS) UK Army was the chief guest on the occasion. The CGS UK Army  reviewed the parade  gave awards  to distinguished cadets and addressed the parade . The  coveted Sword of Honour was awarded  to Company Senior under Officer Abdul Hanan Mustafa of 136th Long Course. The President’s Gold Medal to Company Senior under Officer Muhammad Iqbal of 136th Long Course, the Overseas Gold Medal to Gentleman Cadet Hudayberenov Eresh from Turkmenistan of 136th Long Course, the Chief of Army Staff Cane to Gentleman Cadet Muhammad Arslan Yousaf of Graduate Course 36th and Company Junior under Officer Saad Hamid of Technical Graduate Course 29th and the Commandant’s Cane for the best cadet was awarded to Gentleman Cadet Taimoor Azam Khan of Integrated Course 55.
Major General Abdullah Dogar, Commandant Pakistan Military Academy was also present on the saluting dais. A large number of senior serving and retired armed forces personnel and parents and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.

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Indian Army resorted to unprovoked intense fire in Satwal and Nikial Sectors. Besides targeting  civilian population in Tetrinote, Manwa, Satwal and Balakot villages injuring a six year old girl, Aiqa Ramzan, and 45 years old Sikandar Hussain r/o village Lanjot, Indian Army also targeted Rawalkot Poonch Crossing Point (RPCP) and the visitors’ stand at RPCP. Pakistan Army aggressively and effectively responded  to hostile fire, silenced their guns and caused considerable damage to the posts carrying out fire. Targeting civilians will not deter Kashmiri people from their just struggle against Indian oppression.

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General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of General Staff (CGS), UK Army called on Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt at Corps Headquarters Peshawar today.

The general officer was given a detailed briefing on Operation Radd ul Fasaad (RuF), Border Management, TDP return and the mega development and rehabilitation projects undertaken by Pakistan Army for the uplift of tribal people in different parts of FATA. 

During his visit to a forward post at Khyber Agency, he was briefed on the achievements and culmination of Operation Khyber IV and Pak-Afghan border fencing . Later on, General Nicholas visited historical Khyber Pass and witnessed the traditional legacy of tribal culture.

Earlier, on arrival at Corps Headquarters, General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada in order to pay tribute to the martyred  of Pak Army. Commander 11 Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt accompanied the visiting dignitary during the visit.

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1 civilian shaheed, 5 injured including 4 children due to Indian unprovoked firing targeting civil population.

Details

Shaheed: -

1. Saad son of Khalil, age 8 years

Injured: -

1. Qurat ul Ain D/O Kabir Khan (15 yrs)

2. Hammayun kabir S/O Kabir khan (14 yrs)

3.Mohai ul Islam (10 yrs) S/O Kabir Khan.

4. Aiqa Ramzan( 6 yrs)

5. Sikander Hussain (45 yrs)

Injured evacuated to THQ Nikial.

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General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter, Chief of General Staff (CGS) UK Army, arrived on two days official visit to Pakistan. Today he called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ.

Matters of mutual interest including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two Armies were discussed during the meeting. The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan Army's achievements in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for peace and stability in the region. He said that UK greatly appreciates Pakistan’s sacrifices in this regard.

Earlier on arrival at GHQ, CGS UK Army, laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.

The visiting dignitary will address participants of National Security and War Course later today.

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Mr Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ today.

Issues of bilateral relations including defence and training cooperation remained focus of the discussion.

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Pak Army in coordination with  intelligence agencies  recovered 5 Western hostages including 1 Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from terrorist custody through an intelligence based operation by Pakistan troops and intelligence agencies. They were captured by Terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there. US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on 11 Oct 2017 through Kurram Agency border. The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin. The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.

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US delegation comprising Ms. Lisa Curtis, Ambassador Alice G. Wells, Ambassador David Hale and others representatives called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) today. The delegation briefed COAS on contours of US strategy in South Asia. Discussion focused on regional security situation including Afghanistan and how Pakistan has positively contributed towards peace and stability in the region.

COAS highlighted concerns of Pakistan regarding peace and stability in the region. He reiterated that Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and shall continue its efforts for the sake of the future of Pakistan and in line with aspirations of Pakistani people.

The delegation appreciated and acknowledged Pak Army's contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in War on Terror.

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To pay homage and reverence to the founder of Pakistan, the newly appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Karachi.

Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi laid floral wreath, offered Fateha and recorded impressions in the visitors’ book.

While recording his impressions in the visitors’ book, the Admiral ascribed it as a great honor for him to visit the mausoleum of the Father of the Nations whose golden principles are the beacon of light to guide the nation in overcoming confronting challenges.

The Admiral was accompanied by Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar and other officials of Pakistan Navy.

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COAS SPEECH

SEMINAR ON INTERPLAY OF ECONOMY AND SECURITY

(11 OCT 2017)

“Bismillah IrRahman NirRaheem”
Ladies and Gentlemen
Assalam-o-Alaikum,

Ø    I am really honoured to be here today amongst the most learned and vibrant community of Pakistan

Ø    I commend efforts of the organizers for organizing this seminar on such an important topic. I must appreciate the quality of papers presented here and hope that their conclusions will resonate through all the concerned quarters in both economic as well as in security domains

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Ø    As I often tell my friends that the first page I see in a newspaper after the headlines; is that of “business and economy” as economy touches almost all aspects of our life

Ø    Rather, it would not be wrong to say that economy is reflection of quality of our life. It reflects the wealth of a nation, but in doing so, it also indicates the nation’s health, including the strength of its institutions and the trust of its people

Ø    There was a time at the end of the cold war, when it became fashionable to say that human civilization had come to a point where the cold logic of economic interests alone would dictate national security

Ø    Unfortunately, that is no more relevant now, as in the last two decades or so, we have seen reappearance of age old fault lines and reassertion of ancient parochial passions of race, language, religion and identity hence security has once again, become the foremost buisness and task of the state

Ø    Today, security and economy are interlinked. Erstwhile USSR had no dearth of armoured divisions but it broke up due to weak economic base. Similarly, rich countries without corresponding security apparatus, may invite aggression from others, Kuwait is a good example

Ø    All nations today are reviewing the old dilemma of “Guns versus Butter”, that is; how to achieve a balance between economic viability and national security. Countries like Pakistan never had the luxury of such a review. We live in one of the most volatile regions of the world, dealing with multiple crises since inception, but increasingly so during the last four decades

Ø    Therefore, we must be able to evolve on the way. We have to continuously ensure a viable balance between economy and security. Only then will we arrive at a future that ensures sustained peace and happiness for our people

Ladies and Gentlemen

Ø    Let me first talk on security – National security today, is a wide ranging subject. Leaders across the world understand clearly that security is the product of an interplay of factors that encompass the political, economic, military, social, human and environmental facets. That makes security a very complex issue. As the Army Chief, I am primarily responsible for the military security including its external and internal dimensions. However, it would be naive of me to talk of     uni-dimensional security without first understanding the effects of all the aforementioned factors             

Ø    Today, Alhamdullilah, we have a much improved security situation on the internal front. The challenges to the state’s writ have been defeated, though residual threat still resides.  The situation is stable but there is apparent fragility at places

Ø    Therefore, we need a comprehensive effort to pursue National Action Plan and remove vulnerabilities well before they turn into threats. Many of the planned measures, if implemented timely, will contribute directly to the economic & even political stability of the country. Police and judicial reforms are obvious examples. Madrassah reforms are also vital - We cannot afford to leave a large segment of our youth with limited options - Madrassahs must enable their students to become useful members of the society who are not left behind in any field of life

Ø    Now few words about our external front which continues to remain in a flux. With a belligerent India on our East and an unstable Afghansitan on our West, the region remains captive due to historical baggage and negative competition. But on our part, we are making a deliberate and concerted effort to pacify the western border through a multitude of diplomatic, military and economic initiative, not to mention the phenomenal boost to human security that we have provided in FATA and surrounding areas. In fact, what we have done in FATA and started in Balochistan could easily be termed as the best example of a holistic approach to security. We have also expressed and demonstrated our genuine desire to have normal and and peaceful relations with India, however, it takes two to tango

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Ø    Due to dedication and sustained hard work of Army and other LEAs, slowly and gradually, the improvements in security environment have started to pay off. We have had mega events in the country in the fields of sports and culture this year. Recently, we not only had the most peaceful Muharram in years but the Bohra community validated our claim of improved security by selecting Pakistan for their annual gathering. Similarly, early harvest projects, both CPEC and non CPEC, are nearing completion; with Pakistan Army providing security to our Chinese friends

Ø    But there’s still a long way to go. The economy is showing mixed indicators. Growth has picked up but the debts are sky high. Infrastructure and energy have improved considerably but the current account balance is not in our favour. Our tax to GDP ratio is abysmally low and this needs to change if we are to break the begging bowl. At the same time, the common man across Pakistan needs reassurance of benevolent and equal treatment from the State in return

Ø    If I were a statesman or an economist, I would say that this is high time for us to place economic growth and sustainability at the highest priority. Let me share with you that during National Security Council meetings, economy remains one of our highest concerns. But in order to secure our future, we must be ready to take difficult decisions. We have to increase our tax base, bring in fiscal discipline and ensure continuity of economic policies

Ladies &Gentlemen!

Ø    At the micro level, nothing exemplifies the linkage between economy and security better than the city of Karachi itself:

§     Karachi, the economic capital of Pakistan generates a significant part of  our revenue

§     When our enemies want to choke Pakistan, they try to destabilize Karachi because when Karachi bleeds, Pakistan bleeds

§     It is because of this sensitivity, that peace in Karachi has been our top priority. We have worked very hard to restore peace and now hope that economic activity would return at a fast pace, Insha Allah

§     However, in order to maintain sustainable growth and progress, we must ensure law and order in the enitre country

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Ø    At the macro level, this relationship between security and economy is intricate, and therefore solutions are more complex. Today, Pakistan is a strategically challenged state. External actors are attempting to assert control and dictate our security priorities that have strong linkages with our economic future.  The centrepiece of this effort is China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

§     This corridor is not just a collection of infrastructure and power projects – it is infact a complete development platform that has the potential to act as a powerful springboard for shared development in the entire CASA (Central Asia-South Asia) region

§     However, the completion of the project and, more importantly, optimization of its socio-economic dividend for Pakistan and the region hinges on one word: “security”

§     This is the future of our people, a vital national interest on which we will never compromise, regardless of the loudness of opposing voices. It is also an example of regional cooperation and a break from politics of confrontation – we want all to benefit from this project

Ladies &Gentleman,    

Ø    Our region in general and the immediate neighbourhood in particular has failed to take off due to peculiar security challenges

Ø    I sincerely believe that the region will sink or sail together – that is how it has played out across the world

Ø    I want to use this opportunity to earnestly convey to our neighbours to the East and to the West that our destinies are inextricably linked

Ø    However, unfortunately, until the current environment of mutual distrust is eliminated, we cannot possibly imagine our nations rising together into enduring peace and socio-economic development. Peace and stability is in the interest of all and we must strive for it

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Ø    Pakistan is capable of creating sufficient fiscal space to address underlying structural problems through tax reforms, documenting economy, diversifying the export base, and encouraging savings to finance a level of investment that could sustain growth rate higher than the rise of population

Ø    But this is not all, we have to rise together. We have to ensure that Bln, Interior Sindh, FATA, Southern Punjab and GB also join us on the trajectory of growth and then move forward. It is with this integrated approach, that we will fulfil the vision of Quaid

Ø    This vision of integrated economic growth across Pakistan and across the region is noble, but it also needs to be secured

Ø    In today’s world, security does not come cheap. It is dependent upon economic prowess. It is here that our entrepreneurs must contribute by producing and exporting more

Ø    We have done our part on the security front, now its upto you to take initiative and turn the economy around

To conclude, ladies and Gentlemen!

Ø    The task at hand is difficult, but we have done it before. In the 60s, we were among the economic leaders in Asia. The seventies brought trouble that tested the very fibre of our nationhood. We have fought hard to stay afloat ever since. We are just finding our feet with improved security. We need to start afresh on the economic front as well

Ø    If any nation can survive what we went through, it can also make its mark when the going is relatively easier. Pakistan will go ahead, ladies and gentlemen! Question is; will you be contributors or bystanders to this great nation’s march to glory?

Ø    Karachi, InShaAllah will remain safe and sound, I assure you, so the ball is in your court now

Ø    In the end, I would like to once again thank the organizers for holding this seminar on such an important topic

Ø    I hope the debate generated today will not end here and will instead become part of the wider national and regional discourse

Ø    The need for realization of and respect for this security-economic connect was never as great as it is today

Thank you all!

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Newly appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, visited Air Headquarters, Islamabad, today. On his arrival at Air Headquarters, he was received by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. He laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument to pay homage to the Martyrs’ of PAF. He was introduced to Principal Staff Officers of Pakistan Air Force.
 
Later on, the Naval Chief called on the Air Chief in his office. Both the dignitaries remained together for sometime and discussed matters pertaining to professional interests. The Air Chief felicitated the Naval Chief on assuming the command of Pakistan Navy. He also expressed his hope that Pakistan Navy would continue progressing under his able leadership. He reiterated his resolve to augment the existing synergy between the sister services and taking it to further heights.

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The 2nd PN International Nautical Competition has begun with an impressive opening ceremony at Pakistan Naval Academy. Cadets and Midshipmen from Naval Academies of China, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and UAE are participating in the event.
Under the auspices of Pakistan Naval Academy, the four-day long event will encompass a variety of water sports and seamanship races in Karachi Harbour. During different phases of International Nautical competition, a total of 6 teams from China, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan Naval Academy and Pakistan Marines Academy will prove their mettle by pitching against each other. The competitions will include Swimming and Lifesaving races at Naval Physical Training and Sports Complex Karsaz, Seamanship race and sailing race at Karachi Harbor.
The event will not only help promote water sports in Pakistan but also highlight the soft image of the country on international level.

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Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited GHQ and called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today.  Matters of professional interest were discussed. COAS congratulated Admiral Zafar on assumption of command of Pakistan Navy.

Earlier, on arrival at GHQ, CNS laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered fateha for martyrs of Pakistan.

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Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of Defence called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ, today.

During the meeting, matters related to defence and security situation in the country were discussed in detail.

Prior to the meeting, the Minister was also updated on Security situation at Military Operations Directorate.

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As a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of Pakistan Army’s efforts to maintain peace and tranquility along Line of Control (LOC), Mst Azmat Jan w/o Muhammad Shakeel r/o Degwar Maldialan (IOK), who inadvertently crossed over LOC at Chirikot Sector, has been returned  to IOK today  at Rawala -Poonch crossing  Point on humanitarian grounds.

Civil and Military officials of both sides were  present on the occasion.

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Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Naval Staff, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCSC  at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Chairman JCSC felicitated Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on assumption of command of Pakistan Navy.

 General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, commended the professionalism and commitment of Pakistan Navy and lauded their performance in maritime security as well as war against terrorism.

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Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Chairman JCSC felicitated Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on assumption of command of Pakistan Navy.    

General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, commended the professionalism and commitment of Pakistan Navy and lauded their performance in maritime security as well as war against terrorism.

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Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited GHQ and called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today.  Matters of professional interest were discussed. COAS congratulated Admiral Zafar on assumption of command of Pakistan Navy.

Earlier, on arrival at GHQ, CNS laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered fateha for martyrs of Pakistan.

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Passing out Parade   of 138 GD (P), 84 Engineering, 94 Air Defence, 19 Admin & Special Duties and 3rd  Logistics courses was held at PAF Academy, Asghar Khan today. General Qamar Javed Bajwa Chief of Army Staff was the chief guest at the occasion. On his arrival at the Academy, he was received by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.

A total of 129 aviation cadets including 5 cadets from Royal Saudi Air Force, 1 from Royal Jordanian Air Force and 6 Lady Cadets were graduated at the occasion. The Chief Guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating cadets and also gave away trophies to the distinction holders. The chief guest awarded Quaid-e-Azam Banner to No 3 Squadron, the new Champion Squadron of the Academy.

Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for best performance in Flying Training was clinched by Aviation Cadet Sergeant Mohid bin Shahbaz, while the coveted Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Flying Training was awarded to Aviation Cadet Academy Under Officer Muhammad Ashad Amir. Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for best performance in Engineering was clinched by Aviation Cadet Sergeant Ammar Murtaza; whereas, the coveted Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Aeronautical Engineering was awarded to Aviation Cadet Wing Under Officer Mohammad Hamza.

The ceremony was witnessed by high-ranking Military & Civil Officials, Diplomats, foreign dignitaries and a large number of guests of graduating cadets.

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“Bismillah Irrakhman Nirraheem”
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman,
Air Officer Commanding, PAF Academy Asghar Khan
Distinguished Guests,
Graduating Cadets,
Ladies and Gentlemen!

Assalam-o-Alaikum,
                                                                  
 I feel immensely pleased to be here today on the Graduation Ceremony of 138 GDP, 84 Engineering,     94 Air Defence, 9 Admin & Special Duties and 3rd Logistics courses.

 The smart turn-out of the cadets and the excellent parade is a testimony to the high standards of training being imparted at the PAF Academy.

 On this auspicious occasion, I congratulate all the graduating cadets, especially the position holders and winners of Swords of Honour. My special felicitations to the Royal Saudi Air Force and Royal Jordanian Air Force cadets on successful completion of their training at the Academy. I also compliment parents of the cadets whose prayers and guidance helped them to achieve this important landmark in their lives.

My Dear Graduating Cadets!

 This day holds special significance in your professional careers. It is the occasion where you are getting reward for your dedication and consistent hard work, which enabled you to become proud officers of your respective Air Forces. Now you are entering practical phase of your lives, where you will face many challenges, but I am confident that the knowledge and training being imparted at this premier institution will help you to overcome these challenges without much difficulty.

Dear Cadets,

 The profession of arms is highly demanding and calls for continuous training and education. Because to march in consonance with the rapidly evolving developments in the realm of air power and technology, it is incumbent upon you to sharpen your professional skills and excel in your professional pursuits. Remember, there are no shortcuts to success.

My Dear Cadets!

 I am extremely pleased to see cadets of our brotherly countries from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Hashmite Kingdom of Jordan. I am glad to note that they have done very well during the training. I am sure that the training imparted at PAF Academy, Asghar Khan, has prepared you well, to defend your countries against any foreign aggression.

 Let me reiterate that Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and our Defence Forces enjoy very warm and brotherly relationship. We are held close by the strong bonds of our religion, our cultural communion and converging world view. Our Defence Forces have been cooperating with each other in various fields. Likewise, in the fight against terrorism, we fight shoulder to shoulder with our brothers from Middle East.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

 Pakistan is a peace-loving country and wants to promote peace all around as it is the assurance of our own internal stability. We stand firmly committed to this cause and will not allow anybody to misinterpret our actions. Our Armed Forces are fully capable of responding to all sorts of internal or external threats or aggression. If the enemy ever resorts to a misadventure, regardless of its size and scale, it will have to pay an unbearable cost.
 
 I must mention here that our national struggle against terrorism has largely been successful due to outstanding contribution of PAF. PAF, being a highly  organ of the national defence, has played a remarkable role in annihilating and destroying no of terrorists sanctuaries and training camps along Pak-Afghan border.

 However, unfortunately, the international community has failed to recognize Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in our War on Terror. No country has sacrificed as much as we have and achieved enormous success. The only country which has successfully fought terrorism and are in the process of eradicating the residual through op Radd-ul-Fasaad. It is our resolve that we will make Pakistan a terror free country, come what may. With continuous public support the Armed Forces it will be done sooner than latter.

 
Ladies and Gentlemen,

 It is indeed hearting to note that Pakistan Air Force, under its visionary leadership, is second to none. PAF has achieved a number of milestones in its journey towards modernization during the recent years. It has a variety of modern platforms and efforts are underway to further enhance its operational capabilities. Pakistan Army considers a strong and agile PAF as a critical enabler to fight both conventional and sub conventional wars successfully.

Dear Cadets,

 As the custodians of the aerial frontiers of our sacred homeland, you will have to develop skills to operate and maintain this sophisticated and expensive equipment in the highest state of readiness. This will require each one of you to devote your complete focus and commitment to your profession. Keep PAF’s valuable traditions of valour and sacrifice alive and pursue the core values of integrity, excellence and teamwork for abiding success in your careers.
 
 In the end, I once again extend my profound congratulations to you all and wish you a prosperous future. May Allah Almighty be your guide and protector. Aameen!

  
Pakistan Armed Forces Zindabad
Pakistan Paindabad

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited family of Naib Subedar Muhammad Nadeem Shaheed at  village Chah Ganja, Jhelum today who  came under Indian shelling and embraced Shahadat  in Rakh Chikri Sector along LOC on 29 September while assisting evacuation of civilians who had also been injured due to Indian firing.  COAS laid wreath at his grave, offered dua and interacted with the brave family.

COAS said that naib sub Nadeem has lived up to commitment of Pakistan Army by laying his life while protecting our innocent brothers along LOC who are being cowardly targeted by Indian Army.

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Newly appointed Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi HI(M) called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The President hoped that professional standards with regard to Naval Defence will reach new heights during his tenure. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi HI(M) thanked the President for his appointment. He also briefed the President on the professional matters of Pakistan Navy.

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Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi called on President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi HI(M) called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at PM Office today.

The Prime Minister congratulated Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi HI(M) on assuming the office of Naval Chief and expressed the confidence that Pakistan Navy shall further progress under his able command.

Professional matters pertaining to Pakistan Navy also came under discussion.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

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Major terrorist activity averted in Balochistan.

FC balochistan conducted  IBOs  in Grandani , Kohlu and Ghazi Nullah, Uch Naseerabad. 1300 kgs of explosives recovered which was being planned to be  used for terrorist activities in the province. other than explosive  weapons and ammunition including sub machine guns, rockets and  along with Hand Grenades , maps of important areas  and  communication equipment recovered.

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Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was sworn in as Chief of the Naval Staff during an impressive Change of Command Ceremony held at PNS ZAFAR Islamabad. The President of Pakistan appointed Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as Chief of the Naval Staff upon completion of tenure of service of Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah.

In the farewell address, the outgoing Naval Chief, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah thanked Almighty Allah to have bestowed upon him the sacred onus of commanding Pakistan Navy for the defence of mother land. The Admiral acknowledged that there was no greater privilege and honour for him than to have been associated with such a noble profession and an array of dauntless, devoted and capable officers and men. The outgoing Naval Chief congratulated Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi for assuming the command of Pakistan Navy and expressed his heartiest felicitations 

The Admiral added that when he took over the Command of Pakistan Navy three years ago, it was his ardent desire to command a multi-dimensional Naval Force, which maintains the highest level of operational preparedness, fully capable of defending the sea frontiers and safeguarding maritime interests in consonance with national security aspirations. He said that today, he stood affirmed that owing to strenuous hard-work of officers and men, Pakistan Navy has transformed into one of the most professional forces in the world.

Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah impressed upon the fact that the contemporary complex and challenging security environment in the region entails that we must have coherent and lucid perception of the security calculus. Pakistan Armed Forces are an impregnable defence against all those elements which resort to nefarious designs against our country. While highlighting the socio-economic importance of CPEC and Gwadar port for the country, the outgoing Naval Chief underscored that viability and assured dividends of CPEC related projects will augment mutual cooperation with other regional countries besides ushering economic stability in the region.

Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also said that while relinquishing the command of Pakistan Navy, he felt pride for having dedicated his life and services for an excellent force. He thanked Govt of Pakistan for entrusting confidence and rendering support and cooperation in discharging his duties. The Admiral also expressed gratitude for Principal Staff Officers, NHQ staff, Field Commands and Navy civilians for extending steadfast support and arduous devotion.

Earlier, on their arrival at the venue, the outgoing and newly appointed Naval Chiefs were presented with Guard of Honour. Later, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah formally handed over the command of Pakistan Navy by presenting the traditional scroll to Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

Later, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi laid floral wreath at Shuhada monument at Naval Headquarters and offered Fateha. Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, a smartly turned out contingent clad in ceremonial dress presented him the Guard of Honour.

 Newly sworn in, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1981. The officer undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, UK. On commissioning, he won the coveted Sword of Honour from Pakistan Naval Academy. During his distinguished career, the Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi attained vast experience of both command and staff appointments.

His command appointments include Command of Surface ships, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron, DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Commander Coast, Commander Logistics, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Command of Multi-National Combined Task Force 150 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain.

His key staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans), Chief Inspector (Navy), Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) and Chief of Staff at Naval Headquarters.

 Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is a graduate of National Defence University Islamabad and Royal Australian Navy Staff College. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

The change of command ceremony was attended by a large number of civil & military dignitaries, former Naval Chiefs, media representatives, CPOs/Sailors and Navy civilians.

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Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) along with CTD / Punjab Police and Intelligence Agencies carried out intelligence based operations in Attock, Islamabad Lahore and DGK. 14 facilitators / smugglers apprehended. Cache of illegal weapons / ammunition of different calibers recovered from Islamabad, Attock and DG Khan.

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Bohra Community members are returning to their countries on culmination of their annual congression. More than 21,000 foreigners including near 12,000 Indians participated in this event which was organised  during Muharram at Karachi from 22 - 30 September after a gap of 21 years. Number of Indian citizens moving by road through Wahga border Gate expressed their acknowledgment for peaceful environment and hospitality extended to them during the stay.

Director General Pakistan Rangers Punjab visited facilitation Center established at Wahga border for their arrival / departure.

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COAS visited Pakistan military Academy Kakul. He was briefed on various functional aspects of Academy for grooming and professional upbringing of the cadets. Talking to the faculty COAS appreciated exceptionally high standards of the premier Army institution and its efforts towards grooming of the young cadets to take on challenges of future battlefield, lead men from front and be good citizens of Pakistan with the drive, acumen and outlook to contribute to both their institution and the Country.

Earlier, on arrival COAS was received by Commandant PMA Maj Gen Abdullah Dogar.

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the family  of Lieutenant  Colonel  Amer Wahid Shaheed at Lahore today who  embraced Shahadat near Panjgur, Balochistan  on 4 September in a terrorist attack. The Army Chief condoled with the bereaved family and offered Fateha. He said that the supreme sacrifices rendered by our officers and men shall never go waste.

He reiterated that our fight against terrorism shall continue till achievement of enduring peace and stability.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah today paid farewell call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Prime Minister’s Office.

The Prime Minister appreciated long meritorious services of the outgoing Naval Chief rendered in the defence of the country.

The Prime Minister expressed best wishes for his future life.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah farewell called on President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.

During the meeting, President acknowledged and commended the remarkable services of Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah as Naval Chief. The President also highlighted that Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah has discharged his responsibilities in the best professional manner during his tenure of service which augmented maritime defence of the country and as well as the national confidence on Pakistan Navy.

The President further hoped that his successor will continue his legacy with the same zeal and zest.  Mr. Mamnoon Hussain also expressed well wishes for his health and prosperity.

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Today another 3 hardcore terrorists, who were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including attack on Pakistan International Airline Plane on Peshawar Air Port, killing of innocent civilians, attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement Agencies, have been executed at a Jail of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These convicts were tried by military courts.

Detail of each case is attached.

1. Sajid S/O Ibrahim Khan.    The convict was a member of proscribed organization.  He was involved in firing on a Pakistan International Airline plane landing on Peshawar Airport which resulted in death of Mrs Maqnoon and injuries to two other passengers. He was also involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacking Law Enforcement Agencies which resulted in death of Pir Israr along with his eight family members, civilian Niaz Gul, Assistant Sub Inspector Sajid Khan and injuries to civilians and police officials. The convict was in possession of fire arms and explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

2. Behram Sher S/O Khairan.   The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in destruction of Government Girls Primary School as well as attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of a soldier and injuries to 2 other soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

3. Fazal-e-Ghaffar S/O Shehzada.     The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of 4 soldiers and injuries to another soldier. He was also in possession of a suicide jacket. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

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Indian unprovoked firing along LOC  in  Rawalakot and Chirikot Sectors targeting civil population of  villages Kakuta, Chaffar, Serian and Narakot. Mortar rounds hit house of a civilian Mr Sakhi Kayani in village Chaffar. Resultantly his two children have embraced Shahadat. Pakistan Army posts are effectively engaging Indian posts. Reports of three Indian soldiers killed, 5 injured. Indian post suffered heavy damage Intermittent firing continues.

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Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah paid a farewell call on the Federal Minister for Defence, Engr.Khurram Dastgir Khan, in the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, the 4th Oct 2017. The Minister lauded the services rendered by the outgoing CNS for defence of the motherland during his long meritorious career including the eventful tenure in command of Pakistan Navy.

The Minister also appreciated the contributions made by Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah for strengthening and modernizing the defence and combat capabilities of the Naval Forces of Pakistan. Talking to the CNS, the Minister said the government was taking all necessary measures to strengthen and enhance the capability of its Armed Forces, so as to effectively cope with prevailing challenges and ensure fool proof defence of the national frontiers extended upto Pakistan’s EEZ and the continental shell in the Arabian Sea.

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Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of the Naval Staff had a farewell call with Rana Tanveer Hussain Federal Minister for Defence Production at Rawalpindi today. Rana Tanveer warmly welcomed the Naval Chief in his office. Minister lauded Naval Chief’s contribution in the National Defence and his services rendered for the Nation. During the tenure of Admiral Zakaullah Pakistan Navy has greatly progressed, Minister said. Rana Tanveer Hussain wished him good luck and prayed for his health and happiness.

Talking to the Chief of the Naval Staff, the minister said that the Government is taking all necessary measures to strengthen and enhance the capability of its Armed Forces, so as to effectively cope up with the prevailing challenges and ensure fool proof defence of the national frontiers.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI(M) farewell Called on Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman at AHQs Islamabad. Matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting.

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Terrorists fired from across the border on  Pakistani Border post in recently cleared area around Mustil pass, an important passage from Afghanistan into  Rajgal, Khyber Agency.  Naib subedar Azher Ali embraced Shahdat due to terrorist fire. Namaze janaza of shaheed offered at Peshawar Garrison.  Jasde khaki of shaheed will be taken to his native town where shaheed will be laid to rest with full military honour.

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The President of Pakistan has been pleased to appoint Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as Chief of the Naval Staff and promoted him to the rank of Admiral. His promotion to the rank of Admiral will be effective from the date of assuming Command of Pakistan Navy.

Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood will succeed Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah who will relinquish the Command of Pakistan Navy on 7 Oct 17. The Change of Command ceremony will be held at PNS ZAFAR, Islamabad.

Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1981. The officer undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, UK. On commissioning, the officer won the coveted Sword of Honour from Pakistan Naval Academy. During his distinguished career, the Admiral attained vast experience of both command and staff appointments.

His command appointments include Command of Surface ships, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron, DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Commander Coast, Commander Logistics, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Command of Multi-National Combined Task Force 150 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain.

His key staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans), Chief Inspector (Navy) and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations). Presently,the Admiral is serving as Chief of the Staff at Naval Headquarters.

 The Flag officer is a graduate of National Defence University Islamabad and Royal Australian Navy Staff College.

In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

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Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi HI(M)

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah farewell called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi.

During the meeting, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat acknowledged and commended the remarkable services of Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah as Naval Chief. The Chairman also highlighted the dynamic role played by Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah during his tenure of service to enhance the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy, Inter Services cooperation and transformation of Pakistan Navy into potent force.

On the occasion, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah thanked Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee for his gratitude and well wishes.

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Indian unprovoked firing along LOC in Rakhchikri sector  targeting civil population.  1 civilian M Din Embraced Shahdat while 4 civilian were injured. Pakistan army effectively engaged Indian posts targeting civil population. Reports of 2 Indian posts destroyed.

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Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, is on an official visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on the invitation of Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan. During the visit, the Naval Chief was conferred with “KING ABDULAZIZ MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE” by Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces, General Abdul RahmanBin Saleh Al-Bunyan at Riyadh, KSA.

Upon his arrival at Royal Saudi Naval Forces Headquarter, Riyadh, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was received by Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan. A smartly turned out contingent of RSNF clad in ceremonial dress, presented him Honour Guard.

Thereafter, Chief of the Naval Staff called on Vice Admiral Abdullah S. Al-Sultan, in his office.During the meeting, the Naval Chief discussed matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean Region. Commander RSNF highly appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Navy personnel and active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region.

Later, Chief of the Naval Staff met Chief of General Staff Royal Saudi Armed Forces, General Abdul Rahman Bin Saleh Al-Bunyan. During the meeting professional matters of mutual interest and bilateral defence ties were pondered upon. General Abdul Rahman Bin Saleh Al-Bunyan acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, based on strong defence foundations and historical ties and highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives for maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Highlighting the time tested and enduring bonds of friendship
between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also looked forward to further enhancing the interaction between both countries in the diverse fields of training, mutual visits and defence collaboration. The meeting was followed by a ceremony to confer “King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence” to CNS which is the highest Military award of Royal Saudi Armed Forces.
 
This visit is expected to greatly augment the bilateral cooperation between both the countries in general and Navies in particular.

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COAS left for Kabul on a day’s official visit. Will meet Afghan President and Military  leadership.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Kabul today. Upon arrival COAS was received by Afg Army Chief and was presented guard of honor. Later COAS held one on one meeting with President Ashraf Ghani at Presidential Palace followed by delegation level talk. Afghan president said that Afghanistan and Pakistan are friendly countries and together both shall move towards enduring peace and stability.

During the meetings, issues of common interest came under discussion. Both sides reviewed the prevailing security environment in the region in general and the state of bilateral relationship in particular. An  exchange of views and perspectives spanned the full range of Pak-Afghan relationship. Issues related to long-term peace, cooperation against the shared threats, coordination between respective counter-terrorism campaigns to restrict space for non-state actors, intelligence sharing, trade and commerce, and people-to-people contacts were discussed. COAS offered Pakistan’s complete support in achieving shared interests in war against terrorism including training and capacity building of Afghan Security Forces.

Both sides agreed on the framework for working towards peaceable environment conducive to political process essential for an enduring Afghan peace and regional stability. There was also a consensus on regular and focused dialogue at multiple levels to evolve bilateral process for minimizing misunderstanding, managing crisis situations and enhancing cooperation in order to bring peace and stability in the region.

From Afghan side Afghan 2nd Vice President, First Deputy Chief Executive officer, 2nd Deputy  Chief Executive officer, NSA, NDS Chief, Defence minister,  Interior Minister, Afg Amb to Pakistan and Afg Army Chief attended the meeting.

COAS was accompanied by Foreign Secy, DG ISI, Pakistan Amb at Kabul and COAS staff.

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Pakistan Rangers Punjab in coordination with other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) ensuring maintenance of law & order. Rangers along with Police have carried out patrolling/ flag marches in important areas of major cities and Quick Reaction Forces have been placed near sensitive areas. Extensive Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) are being carried out in  Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, DG Khan, Lahore, Sialkot, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan. During these operations 27 suspects have been apprehended, cache of illegal weapon recovered.

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FC Balochistan averted sectarian targeting in Quetta. A vehicle to be  used  as Vehicle Borne IED recovered during an IBO from Tore Shah, North of Pishin which was planned to disrupt Muharram in Quetta. Master mind and his two accomplices arrested.

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Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, while on his farewell visit, called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today at General Headquarters.

COAS thanked CNS for his services to the Nation during a long and illustrious career.

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Indian troops resorted to unprovoked cease fire violation along LOC in Rakhchikri, Rawalakot targeting civil population with heavy weapons. 2 civilians including a women embraced shahadat while 1 civilian injured. Army patrol assisting evacuation of civilian casualties also came under Indian firing resulting into Martyrdom of Naib Subedar Nadeem while 3 soldiers got injured. Pakistan Army troops gave a befitting response to Indian army posts which engaged civil population. Reports of casualties on Indian side.

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