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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. COMCENTCOM called on COAS  at GHQ. Visiting Gen supported COAS' views on inclusive recon in Afg thru an Afg Owned & Afg Led process. #COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa rejects self defeating claims by Indian COAS about 'so called surgical strikes' and its possible recurrence. "Pakistan Armed Forces are fully geared to respond to any aggression by India" COAS. (@OfficialDGISPR)
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General Joseph L. Votel, Commander US CENTCOM, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Matters of mutual interest with emphasis on geo-strategic environment were discussed during the meeting.

Commander CENTCOM acknowledged the role played by the Pakistan Armed Forces in fighting the menace of terrorism.

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General Joseph L. Votel, Commander United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ today. Matters of mutual professional interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan were discussed.

COAS highlighted the importance of Pakistan accords to its relations with US, particularly cooperation in counter-terrorism and regional stability. COAS said that Pakistan supports and looks forward to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. With reference to recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and follow-up rhetoric from certain factions implicating Pakistan, COAS said that blame game is detrimental to enduring peace and stability. COAS highlighted that Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and colour and there are no safe heavens inside Pakistan to be used against Afghanistan. He expressed his commitment to work in close coordination with Afghanistan and US-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) for improved security environment in Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. In this regard, he emphasised requirement of Pak-Afghan border security and intelligence sharing mechanisms.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s successes in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region.

General Joseph L. Votel emphasised the need for continued and meaningful engagement between all stakeholders involved in peace and stability for Afghanistan. He supported the views of the Army Chief on inclusive reconciliation in Afghanistan through an Afghan owned and Afghan-led process.

Earlier on arrival at General Headquarters (GHQ), a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented Guard of Honor to the visiting dignitary. General Joseph L. Votel also laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada to pay homage to martyrs.

A dinner is also being hosted by COAS Bajwa in honour of Commander CENTCOM later in Monday evening.

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Heavy snow blocked roads in Chitral and Balochistan. Army and FC troops employed to clear snow and restore traffic. Lawari Tunnel in Chitral and roads from Quetta to Karachi (NHW 25), Quetta to Sukkur (NHW 65) and Taftan to Quetta (NHW 40) opened last night. FC Balochistan has established Crisis Management Centre at Quetta, Sibi, Ziarat, Pishin, Lora lai, Kallat and Khuzdar. While Army assistance camp has been established at Panakot, Malakand division for public assistance in coordination with local administrations.                       

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Army and FC troops helping stranded people in snow in Baluchistan


Pictures of Lawari Tunnel after it was opened last night

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Pakistan Navy rescue team saves the lives of 18 fishermen off Ormara Coast. After a successful operation, rescue team of Pakistan Navy saved the lives of 18 fishermen from a fishing boat in distress near Ormara Coast. 

The fishing vessel ‘Al-Rehman’ had sailed from Karachi on 25 Dec 16 with 18 fishermen onboard, lost propulsion as both of its engines had become defective. On receipt of distress message at Jinnah Naval Base Ormara from the fishing boat in distress that boat was heavily flooded and would sink with 18 souls onboard if not rescued swiftly, Pakistan Navy rescue team was promptly dispatched to the scene of incident.

Pakistan Navy rescue team faced heavy swells, strong chilly winds and extremely poor visibility throughout the operation. Commander Jinnah Naval Base personally oversaw the execution of the Search & Rescue Operation onboard the rescue craft.

After nearly 3-hours of teamwork, all 18 fishermen were rescued from the sinking boat. The rescued fishermen were severely dehydrated from the ordeal. They were brought to Pakistan Navy Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara and given vital medical care as well as much needed nourishment.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa made a telephone call to President Ashraf Ghani to condole the loss of life in recent terror attacks in Afghanistan.

He expressed sympathy with families of the victims and empathized on the tragic series of events that have befallen people of both the brotherly countries over the last many years. COAS reiterated Pakistan's cooperation with Afghan Govt and people to eliminate the scourge of terrorism which is affecting peace and stability of the whole region. He emphasized that Pakistan has come a long way in its fight against terrorism of all hue and colour and has eliminated all safe havens in the process.

COAS suggested a robust border management mechanism and intelligence cooperation to put a stop to and fro movement of terrorists across the border. He said that the elements inimical to peace in the region are strengthened by the blame game. Both nations should rather focus on capitalizing upon the gains of successful Zarb e Azb in Pakistan. President Ashraf Ghani thanked General Qamar Javed Bajwa for his sentiments and reiterated that both nations must work together for peace and stability in the region.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah Calls on Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is on an official visit to Bahrain. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force, Rear Admiral Sheikh Khalifa Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.

Upon his arrival at Royal Bahrain Naval Forces Headquarters, the Admiral was received by his counterpart Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the Naval Chief on the occasion.

During the meeting, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah dilated upon matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval collaboration. The Admiral highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism including participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations as well as Command of multinational Task Forces 150 and 151.

Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force, Rear Admiral Sheikh Khalifa Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan Navy in maintaining peace and stability in the region and extending cooperation to Royal Bahrain Navy in diverse fields.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is exchanging souvenir with Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force, Rear Admiral Sheikh Khalifa Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa during an official visit to Bahrain

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Connectivity between Chaman and Quetta restored by FWO after clearance of heavy snow at Khojak Pass and open up road for stranded traffic at Lakpass Tunnel blocked by 2 feet of snow.

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Mr. Sun Weidon, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ today.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army's efforts in combating terrorism and militancy. He also conveyed China's satisfaction on security arrangements for CPEC.

Other matters of mutual interest including regional security were also discussed during the meeting.

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Role of Pakistan navy and NUST in promoting education in the country is laudable – Minister for Science and Technology on 28th convocation of Pakistan navy engineering college (PNEC). The 28th Convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) was held today at Bahria Auditorium. Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology was the Chief Guest at the occasion. On arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Rector NUST Lt General (Retd) Naweed Zaman and Commander Karachi Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad.

361 graduates were awarded degrees at the convocation out of which 80 received Masters Degrees whereas 281 received degrees in the discipline of Bachelors of Engineering and Management Information Systems. To acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of students in their respective disciplines, 39 medals were also awarded to the position holders which included 20 President Gold Medals, 06 Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medals, 07 Chancellors’ Silver Medals and 06 Rector Gold Medals.
While addressing the ceremony, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology congratulated the graduating students for having successfully completed their professional studies. He appreciated the role of PNEC in continuously producing quality engineers for the country as well as navies of 14 other brotherly countries. He said that the efforts of naval educational institutes in grooming their students academically, professionally, morally, intellectually and physically are laudable. He also commended the role of NUST in promoting engineering education and said that it is successfully achieving it mission of becoming a research-led university with a focus on technology, innovation and community service. He added that the government is also focusing on development of technology and promotion of research culture in the country.
Earlier in his welcome address, Rear Admiral Dr. Nassar Ikram, Commandant PNEC apprised the audience that 33 PNEC graduates have been selected for employment and have already been sent to China for professional development and training. He highlighted with honour that QS World University ranking has placed NUST in top 100 world universities. NUST has been ranked number one university in HEC standing of 2015 and is also among the top 20 universities in Asia according to BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) ranking.
A large number of parents of graduating students and naval officers attended the ceremony.

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Minister for science and technology Rana Tanveer Hussain addressing the audience during 28th convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College at Karachi


Minister for science and technology Rana Tanveer Hussain awards medal to graduating student during 28th convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College at Karachi


Minister for science and technology Rana Tanveer Hussain confers degrees upon graduating students during 28th convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College at Karachi


Minister for science and technology Rana Tanveer Hussain in a group photo with graduating students during 28th convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College at Karachi

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah calls on Minister of State for Defence Qatar, Dr Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiya. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is on an official visit to Qatar. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Minister of State for Defence Qatar, Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiya, today.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest and defence collaboration were discussed. The Admiral highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and resolve in fight against terrorism and accentuated the role of Pakistan Navy in this regard, including participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations as well as Command of multinational Task Forces 150 and 151.

 Minister of State for Defence Qatar acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Qatar and Pakistan, based on strong foundations and historical ties. Minister of State for Defence Qatar, Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiya highly appreciated role and contributions of Pakistan Navy in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

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DG ISPR Tweet. #COAS grieved on sad demise of Gov Sindh Saeed Uz Zaman Siddique. Prays for his eternal peace at Heaven. Shares grief of bereaved family.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah calls on Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces and Commander Qatar Emiri Navy
Islamabad 11 Jan 17. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is on an official visit to Qatar. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces, Lt Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim and Commander Qatar Emiri Navy, Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi.

During Naval Chief’s meeting with Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces, Lt Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, matters of defence ties and mutual collaboration were discussed. The Admiral highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism including participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations as well as Command of multinational Task Forces 150 and 151. Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces lauded Pakistan’s efforts in promoting peace and security in the maritime domain for freedom of seas and free flow of the trade.

The Naval Chief also called on Commander Qatar Emiri Navy, Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi.  Upon his arrival at Qatar Emiri Naval Forces Headquarters, the Admiral was received by Commander Qatar Emiri Navy, Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi. A ceremonial Guard of Honour was also presented to the Naval Chief on the occasion. During the meeting, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah dilated upon matters of mutual interest and bilateral naval collaboration. Commander Qatar Emiri Navy also acknowledged the significance of close and strong bilateral naval association in diverse realms between Pakistan Navy and Qatari Emiri Navy. While lauding the professional acumen and commitment of PN personnel, Qatari Emiri Navy Chief also looked forward to further enhancing the interaction between both navies.

Later during the day, the Naval Chief met with DG Coast Guard, Brig Ali Al Bedeed and visited Qatar Emiri Navy Ship BARZAN. The Admiral was received by Fleet Commander Qatar Emiri Navy and he was briefed onboard by the Commanding officer of the ship. During his visit onboard, the Naval Chief interacted with ship’s crew and appreciated their operational competence.

It is expected that recent visit of the Naval Chief will enhance and expand collaboration between the two countries in general and navies in particular.

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Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah being received by Fleet Cdr Qatar Emiri Navy

Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah CNS being briefed onboard Qatar Emiri Navy Ship Barzan by Commanding Officer during his visit. Fleet Cdr Qatar Emiri Navy is also present during the the visit

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI(M) exchanging souvenir with Commander Qatri Emiri Navy, Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi during his visit of Qatar

Chief of the Naval Staff,Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI(M) call on Chief of General Staff Qatar Armed Forces, Lt Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim during his visit of Qatar

Naval Chief during meeting with Qatari DG Coast Guard, Brig Ali Al Bedeed

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198th Corps Commanders’ conference was held today at GHQ. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided.

The forum took comprehensive review of security environment and operational preparedness of the Army. Forum expressed satisfaction on progress of Operation    Zarb-e-Azb and its positive effects on Internal Security.  COAS directed that Counter Terrorism operations to continue and already cleared areas be stabilized. He also directed to intensify efforts for return of TDPs. The forum reiterated Pakistan Army’s resolve to be prepared to respond to all types of threat.

COAS congratulated efforts of Strategic Organizations on successful test fire of Babur-3. Forum also appreciated performance of Military Courts during the prescribed duration which resulted into reduction of terrorism.

Army will continue to render full support to all state institutions working for National Security, COAS concluded.

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198th Corps Commanders’ conference was held today at GHQ. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided

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General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, today visited Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra. CJCSC visited different factories of PAC and was briefed about ongoing projects. CJCSC lauded the achievements of PAC towards attaining self-reliance and international standards in all its projects.

Earlier upon arrival, CJCSC was received by Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman PAC Kamra.

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General John W. Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and US Forces in Afghanistan visited Pakistan today. On reaching Pakistan the visiting General had a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

COAS appreciated role of erstwhile International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and presently Resolute Support Mission (RSM) Force for peace and stability in Afghanistan. COAS acknowledged continuous support of RSM to enable Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) for enhancing the capacity and capability to independently tackle security challenges in Afghanistan. COAS emphasized requirement of Pak –Afghan bilateral border security mechanism for which RSM can play important role.

Later, General John Nicholson and General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS jointly  visited Miranshah,North Wazirastan Agency. Visiting General was briefed by General officer commanding, on Operation Zarb-e- Azb and progress on the socio-economic activities including return of TDPs. Visitors were taken to Miranshah bazaar where they saw the development work being undertaken by Pakistan Army.

General John Nicholson appreciated successful Operations conducted by Pakistan Army. The visiting dignitary acknowledged the requirement of bilateral border security coordination. Earlier on arrival at Miranshah, Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt commander Peshawar Corps received the visiting Generals.

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COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa and  General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission(RSM) being briefed during their visit to Miranshah, NWA on Monday

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Pakistan conducted its first successful test fire of Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur-3 having a range of 450 kilometers, from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. The missile was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy. Babur-3 is a sea-based variant of Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Babur-2, which was successfully tested earlier in December, last year.

 Babur-3 SLCM incorporates state of the art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion and advanced guidance and navigation features, duly augmented by Global Navigation, Terrain and Scene Matching Systems. The missile features terrain hugging and sea skimming flight capabilities to evade hostile radars and air defenses, in addition to certain stealth technologies, in an emerging regional Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) environment.

Babur-3 SLCM in land-attack mode, is capable of delivering various types of payloads and will provide Pakistan with a Credible Second Strike Capability, augmenting deterrence. While the pursuit and now the successful attainment of a second strike capability by Pakistan represents a major scientific milestone, it is manifestation of the strategy of measured response to nuclear strategies and postures being adopted in Pakistan’s neighborhood.

The test was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, DG Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, Commander Naval Strategic Force Command (NSFC), senior officials, scientists and engineers from Scientific Strategic Organizations. The CJCSC and three  services chiefs congratulated all the officials involved, on achieving this highly significant milestone. He also highlighted that successful test fire of SLCM also demonstrates confidence on our scientists and engineers in fostering the technological prowess, through indigenization and self-reliance. Pakistan eyes this hallmark development as a step towards reinforcing policy of credible minimum deterrence.

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Military Courts were established through constitutional amendment in the environment of heightened terrorism. Routine judicial system was under stress wherein judicial set ups / judges were also subjected to act of terrorism. Therefore special constitutional arrangements were made to effectively check the terrorists /terrorism. During the period of its validity, 274 cases were referred to Military Courts. Of these 161 were awarded death penalty (12 executed) and 113 were awarded imprisonment of varying duration. The cases were dealt through due process of law in Military Courts. The disposal through military courts has yielded positive effects towards reduction in terrorist’s activities. The military courts have ceased to function on expiry of mandated period.

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The first Parents day of Cadet College Ormara was held today. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Various performances of Cadets on traditional military band added colour to the ceremony and received standing ovation from the audience.

While addressing the ceremony, the Chief Minister congratulated the Principal and Pakistan Navy for establishing Cadet College at Ormara and highlighted that besides its commitment of safeguarding the sea frontier of the motherland, PN has always remained proactive in welfare oriented projects. He added that, from providing hospitals and medical facilities in Balochistan to provisioning of quality education through a network of schools and colleges stretching along the coastal belt of Makran, PN has dedicated itself for the service of the countrymen. He further highlighted that in the wake of CPEC the importance of college in this area has increased manifolds and he can foresee the college converting into a centre of educational excellence on national level, the credit goes to the parents for reposing confidence in CCO and trusting them to shape the future of their children.

Earlier in his address, the Principal Cadet College Ormara Commodore Masood Ul Hasan thanked the Chief Minister and the parents for coming long way and gracing the occasion. He highlighted that the college produced 100% result in the board exams held under Federal Board and the college has also earned laurels in various extra and co- curricular activities.

The event was followed by cadets PT, gymnastic, martial arts, rifle drill and science exhibition. The hallmark of the event was the unique way of welcoming the guests through traditional naval semaphore flag signaling.

The event was attended by a large number of government officials, service and personnel parents.

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Cadets performing PT drills at the first parents day ceremony of Cadet College Ormara


Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri awarding trophy to the cadets of Cadet College Ormara


Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri reviewing cadet's guard at the first parents day ceremony of Cadet College Ormara

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World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Flyweight Champion Muhammad Waseem met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters today.

COAS praised Boxer Muhammad Waseem for his outstanding achievements and expressed his confidence that Pakistani youth will follow his footsteps to bring good name to the country.

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Mr. Thomas Drew, British High Commissioner today called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS​​) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ. Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region. COAS underscored the importance Pakistan attaches to the support of all nations in Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism.

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COAS address at Khuzdar on a  day long national seminar on
Economic development through new silk route via Khuzdar
Way forward to national integration⁠⁠⁠⁠

“Bismillah Hir Rehman Nirraheem”

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri;
Prof Brig Muhammad Amin, Vice Chancellor Balochistan University of Engineering & Technology Khuzdar;
Commander Southern Command Gen Amir Riaz,
Public Representatives,
Representatives of Academia and Media,
My Very Dear Students,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Assalam-o-Alaikum,

Ø  In the first place, let me thank and appreciate Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar and DEVOT for organizing this Seminar on such an important subject, which directly affects the future of Pakistan. The Seminar gains further significance when you take into account its venue that is Khuzdar, the heart of Balochistan

Ø  I am grateful to all the speakers, who have travelled long distances to come here and enlighten us with their candid and learned views on the subject. I am sure their valuable inputs and suggestions will help us in developing a clear and in-depth understanding of Balochistan’s issues and arriving at workable solutions

Ø  Now before I share my views, let me address the most important audience sitting here and I mean, the youth of Balochistan

Ø  My dear boys and girls, you are the future of Pakistan. You have to spearhead the effort, in all fields to take Pakistan to the status and glory that it deserves. So get ready to face the challenges, grab the opportunities and make us all proud

 
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ø  Balochistan today, is under sharp focus due to its geographic importance in relation to the role that it is likely to play in regional economy. Our enemies have been trying since long to keep Balochistan in a state of unrest and instability. Alhamdulillah, we being a resilient nation have fought well and have defeated their design. Today’s Balochistan is stronger, integrated and on its way to recovery. Development of Gwadar Port, construction of 870 km of road infrastructure and realization of CPEC is testimony of our national resolve. Federal and Provincial Governments as well as Army are trying their best to ensure peace and stability in the province. But the job is half done

Ø  What we need to do is to remain focused on our vision of connecting the whole region and even beyond, for economic growth and prosperity

Ø  For this, the prerequisite is to optimize Balochistan’s geo-strategic location and galvanize enormous human and natural resource potential. This is only possible, when we effectively deal with both external and internal challenges. External challenges emanate from perceived geopolitical divergences and competing interests. Internally, our own shortcomings exploited and fueled by our enemies, take us away from the path of progress

Ø  Remember Ladies and Gentlemen, connectivity is not just about bringing places closer; it’s also about binding people through the bond of shared development and prosperity

Ø  The network of development projects envisioned under CPEC will put Balochistan at the heart of our national development effort

Ø  If we manage to stay committed to this vision, we will be connected, not only with China, Central Asia and Africa but also with other important economies of the world. Thus, these developments will transform Balochistan into a vibrant model of development for the entire region and beyond

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ø  While this undertaking has added to our security demands in the short term, its success will comprehensively enhance our national security in the long term

Ø  Now as far as the security of ongoing developmental activity and future trade running through the province are concerned, we should adopt a people-centric approach, based on local ownership

Ø  In this regard, over the past few years, Pakistan Army and other LEAs, with full support of people of Balochistan have contributed immensely to shape the environment for undertaking this vital national project. Today, Alhamdulillah positive results are in front of everyone

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ø  One of the key strands of our effort is national integration. Balochistan unfortunately had been neglected in the past for host of reasons, but not anymore. In this regard, Pakistan Army has contributed significantly to bring Balochistan into the main stream

Ø  Today, due to our sustained efforts Alhamdulillah, we have nearly 20,000 sons of Balochistan serving in Army, including 603 officers. At this very moment, 232 cadets are undergoing training at PMA

Ø  This is only the representation in Army; the number gets even higher when we include Baloch representation in Pakistan Air Force, Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies. ALLAH willing, that day is not very far, when one of you will be standing at my place and talking to the youth of this great Province

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ø  Pakistan Army’s efforts in the province are far more diverse than its security role alone. Today, we are actively engaged in humanitarian and human development programmes, most importantly in the field of education and healthcare

Ø  At present, over twenty-five thousand students are receiving education at Army and FC-run schools, colleges, Cadet and Military Colleges in the Province. In addition, we are running a large network of hospitals and medical facilities located in far flung areas of Balochistan which are providing quality healthcare to the people of that area

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ø  My hope rests with the highly capable, bright and patriotic youth of Balochistan – I have no doubt you understand that your future lies in a well-educated and developed Balochistan and Pakistan

Ø  I am happy that Balochistan’s youth has convincingly chosen peace and prosperity as their future

Ø  I salute their determination and resilience against the onslaught of terrorism by the enemies of peace and prosperity

Ø  Let me assure everyone that our commitment to peace, stability and development of Balochistan at par with the most developed parts of the country is unwavering. It is our promise that we will develop every part of Balochistan, come what may, Inshallah

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Ø  I am confident that the current security challenges and external efforts to derail Balochistan’s peace will end with the growing realization of assured geo-economic advantages of a fully developed CPEC and infrastructure projects all over Balochistan

Ø  Here, I must also appreciate the efforts of all political parties and media in creating peace and harmony in line with the aspirations of people and placing Balochistan at the centre of our national discourse

Ø  Keen participation in today’s seminar by respected community-leaders and opinion-makers is also a manifestation of how our people understand the importance of socio-economic promise of connectivity

Ø  Finally, in line with our collective commitment, Pakistan Army will leave no stone unturned to ensure our due role. But at the end of the day, the great people of this province, especially the youth will have to take charge of their own destiny
• To enable youth of Baluchistan for this I announce establishment of NUST Campus in Baluchistan.

Ø  To conclude Ladies and Gentlemen, let me say that my message is very simple, “Balochistan is the heart of Pakistan; success of Pakistan is enshrined in stability and development of Balochistan”. Let us jointly work towards that end

Ø  I thank you all once again for giving me this honour
 

People of Baluchistan Zinda Bad

 Pakistan Painda Bad

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS  addressing a seminar at Khuzdar, Balochistan on Thursday

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DG ISPR Tweets

1. #COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa rejects self defeating claims by Indian COAS about 'so called surg strikes' and its possible recurrence

2. "Pakistan Armed Forces are fully geared to respond to any aggression by India" COAS

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Allied officers and civilian participants of National Security Course 2017 from National defence University (NDU) visited GHQ today. The participants of the course were given detailed briefing on national security environment and role  of Pakistan Army.

Later Lt Gen Bilal Akber, Chief of General Staff ( CGS)had interactive session with the  participants.

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Lt Gen Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Commander of National Guard, Kingdom of Bahrain, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest came under discussion.  Both sides reaffirmed the resolve to further enhance the bilateral defence cooperation between the countries.

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Pakistan Navy conducts fleet annual efficiency competition award ceremony. Pakistan Navy Fleet Annual Efficiency Competition Parade and Award Ceremony was held at PN Dockyard today. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

While addressing the Parade, Chief of the Naval Staff emphasized that an efficient and strong Navy is vital for the protection of Pakistan Maritime interests. He expressed his complete satisfaction over the professional competence and performance of Pakistan Navy Fleet. He said that during last year, Pakistan Navy Fleet participated in various maritime exercises and live weapon firings. Active participation of PN fleet in these operations helped in improving operational plans, material state and operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy. Furthermore, successful missile firings and effectively thwarting adversary’s submarine attempt of intrusion in our area is also a testimony of PN fleet’s professional capability. Realizing the challenges faced to ensure security of Gwadar Port; the Hub of CPEC project, the Naval Chief also lauded the raising of a dedicated Task Force 88 for CPEC Maritime Security and re-affirmed that Pakistan Navy will continue to discharge its responsibilities and contribute effectively in ensuring the security of maritime boundaries of Pakistan.

The Naval Chief further said that acquisition of Hangor class submarines would greatly add to the operational capability of Pakistan Navy. In addition, he also said that, efforts are in hand to acquire modern warships. The Naval Chief said that besides the acquisition of modern weapon systems, we should also keep in mind that it is the rigorous training and untiring efforts which can provide us an edge over the enemy.

Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, while presenting an account of the operational achievements of Pakistan Navy Fleet during the year 2016, said that besides successful conduct of major maritime exercises and other operational activities, Fleet units actively participated in various multinational as well as bilateral exercises and operational deployments. Commander Pakistan Fleet also highlighted the successful surface to surface Anti Ship Missile Firing as a hallmark of PN Fleet readiness.

Later, the Chief Guest gave away prizes to Units adjudged best during the year 2016. PNS TIPPU SULTAN, PNS ASLAT, PNS NASR, PNS MADADGAR, PNS MUHAFIZ, PNS AZMAT, PNS ZARRAR, PN Submarine KHALID, 333 Aviation SQN, Survey and Re-build Depot Group and Survey Vessel BEHR PAIMA won efficiency shields for their respective Squadrons.

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Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Commander of the National Guard of the Kingdom of Bahrain visited GHQ today and called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, NI (M) Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

The visiting dignitary congratulated General Qamar Javed Bajwa on assumption of Command of Pakistan Army. During the meeting matters related to regional security and professional interests were discussed.

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DG ISPR Tweets

1. COAS called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Execusitve Abdullah Abdullah, and Army Chief , General Qadam Shah Raheem on telephone, conveyed best wished for 2017 and pledged to work for peace in the region.

2.COAS said that peace in both countries is in greater interest of the region. Afghan leadership invited COAS for a visit to Afghanistan.

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Zarbe Azb Review 2016 Tweets By DG ISPR

1.  Defence of the country impregnable. Pakistan successfully tested enhanced version of Babur cruise missile and indigenously produced air launched Ra’ad missile.

2.  Arrangements for actualisation and security of CPEC, const of 87O km rd network, raising of Special Security Division.

3.  PN successful test launch of Shore-based Anti-ship Missile “Zarb” & Surface to Surface Anti-ship Missile Firing in the North Arabian Sea form Sword Class Frigate PNS ASLAT.

4.  PN proved its vigilance and operational preparedness by detecting and blocking Indian Submarine from entering in Pakistani waters at south of Pakistani coast.

5.  Raising of Task Force 88 for CPEC maritime security.

6.  PAF targeted strikes on Terrorists Hideouts in Support of Zarb-e-Azb.

7.  Earth breaking of Air Power Cen of Excellence to enhance PAF cap to undertake complex, demanding future challenges and Ctr Ts Ops.

8.  PAF C-130 won best AC trophy at Royal international tattoo show UK among 50 nations.

9.  Def collaboration with Nigeria for provision of Mushshak.

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DG ISPR Tweet

Unnprovoked mortar shelling by Indian troops on Line of Control in Chirikot Sec from 4:40 pm to 5:40 pm. Effectively responded by own troops.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Bahadur Ranges near Attock today and witnessed Pak-Jordan joint exercise “Fajr-ul-Sharq 1”.  It was a two weeks long joint counter terrorism training event to share experience of both armies.

Speaking on the  occasion, COAS congratulated the participants on successful conduct of the exercise and appreciated high standards of professional competence displayed by the troops.

He said that conduct of such joint exercises helps improving professional expertise in conducting CT operations.
COAS  said that nature and character of war has changed where direct conflict has gone an un-preferred choice.  While Pakistan Armed Forces are fully trained and ready for response to full spectrum threat, our achievements in counter terrorism operations are being taken as successful case studies. Pakistan has successfully defeated terrorism and is now in consolidation phase. Such engagements are source of mutual sharing, learning and benefit.

He thanked Jordanian Army and the contingent for their participation in this first special forces collaboration and expressed his desire to continue this engagement.

Later COAS interacted with the participants.

Earlier on arrival at training area, COAS was received by Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt, Commander Peshawar Corps and Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman, IGT&E. GOC Special Services Group was also present at the occasion.

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COAS General  Qamar Javed Bajwa with participants of  Pak Jordan Joint exercise Fajr Ul Sharq 1  during his visit to Attock on Thursday

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Today Chief of Army Staff confirmed death sentences awarded to another 8 hardcore terrorists, who were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, slaughtering soldiers of Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan. These terrorists include those who planned and executed attack on persons of Ismaili Community at Safoora Chowrangi Karachi, wherein 45 persons died at the spot and 6 others got injured. They also include those who killed a social worker Mst Sabeen Mehmood, kidnapped 2 Chinese Engineers and a civilian for ransom. On the whole, they were involved in killing of 90 persons and injuring 99 others. Explosives were also recovered from their possession. These convicts were tried by military courts. Besides, 3 other terrorists have been awarded imprisonment.

Detail of each case is as under. 
1. Hafiz Muhammad Umar alias Jawad S/O Afzal Ahmed, Ali Rehman alias Pano/Tona S/O Asif ur Rehman, Abdul Salam alias Tayyab/Rizwan Azeem S/O Muhammad Nazar ul Islam and Khurram Shafique alias Abdullah Mansoor/Abdullah Mansuri S/O Muhammad Shafiq. These four convicts were members of proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking persons of Ismaili community travelling in a bus at Safoora Chorangi Karachi which resulted in death of 45 passengers and caused injuries to 6 others. They were also involved in killing of a social worker Mst Sabeen Mehmood at Karachi. These convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. They were awarded death sentences.

2. Muslim Khan S/O Abdul Rasheed. The convict was a spokesman of proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of innocent civilians, attacking Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of 31 persons including Inspector Sher Ali of police and injuries to 69 others. He was involved in slaughtering of Capt Najam Riaz Raja, Capt Juniad Khan, Naik Shahid Rasool and Lance Naik Shakeel Ahmed. He was also involved in kidnapping 2 Chinese Engineers and a local civilian for Ransom. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

3. Muhammad Yousaf S/O Khalid Khan. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of 4 soldiers including slaughtering of Sepoy Raj Wali of Frontier Constabulary and causing injuries to 19 others. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

4. Saif Ullah S/O Naseeb Hussain. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of Assistant Sub Inspector Fareed Khan and a police constable and also caused injuries to another police constable. He was found in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

5. Bilal Mehmood S/O Qari Mehmood Ul Hassan.  The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of 2 police constables and injuries to
4 others. He was also found in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

6. Sartaj Ali s/o Bakht Afsar.          The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in providing funds to the terrorists for terrorist activities. He admitted his offence before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded imprisonment for life.

7. Mehmood Khan s/o Bakht Buland. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in kidnaping a Chinese engineer for ransom. The convict admitted his offence before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded rigorous imprisonment for twenty years.

8. Fazal e Ghaffar s/o Aqil Khan.  The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Police Station Shamozai during which police officials and Frontier Constabulary soldiers were abducted from the said police station.  The convict admitted his offence before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded rigorous imprisonment for twenty years.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS addressed officers of Rawalpindi Garrison here today at GHQ auditorium. COAS addresse focused on professional matters and security challenges. COAS acknowledged and appreciated the role and sacrifices of offrs as leaders in strengthening the institution particularly during operation ZeA. He shared his thoughts about prevailing security environment  and challenges confronting Pakistan, Pakistan Armed Forces and  way forward.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa pledged that Pakistan Army shall continue to perform its role towards national security.

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