Current
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. 3 more sons laid their lives for motherland at Awaran. "None can deter our resolve to defeat enemies and safeguard 'Our Pakistan'." COAS. COAS directed imed assistance to Sehwan blast victims. Army /Rangers moved incl medical support. Hyderabad CMH ready to receive casualties. Sehwan. Air effort being sent for quick evacuation of injured. Night flying cap heli of Navy and C 130 of PAF will do relief effort. COAS appeals nation to stay calm. "Your security forces shall not allow hostile powers to succeed. We stand for our nation". Pakistan-Afghanistan Border closed with immediate effects till further orders due to security reasons. Sehwan. Air Chief directs to utilise C 130 till complete evac. Injured will be treated at PAF hosps too. Ts will not be spared. (@OfficialDGISPR)
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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited troops on Line of Control (LOC) at Mattewala, Munaawar Sector. General Officer Commanding (GOC) briefed COAS about operational situation. While appreciating operational readiness of the troops, COAS directed that unprovoked Indian Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) be responded effectively. He said that Pakistan Army soldiers are known for their professional competence, motivation and selfless devotion for defence of our motherland and are backbone of Pakistan Army.

COAS said that Indian CFVs have a design. On one side it is an effort to divert world's attention from her atrocities against innocent Kashmiris, on the other; it is an attempt to dilute our response against terrorism and militancy. The targeting of civilians along LOC is deliberate and highly reprehensible. We are fully aware of Indian design and her support to terrorism in Pakistan and the region. Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadev is one such evidence of these efforts and his case will be taken to the logical conclusion.

COAS said that Pakistan Army will do its duty to protect people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir against all forms of Indian aggression. We will continue our solidarity with people of Indian Occupied Kashmir who are struggling for their right of self determination.

Earlier on arrival at LOC, COAS was received by Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lt Gen Nadeem Raza.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa chaired a high level security meeting at GHQ. He said that enhanced security arrangements along Pak-Afg Border are to fight common enemy i.e. terrorists of all hue and colour. Pakistan and Afghanistan have fought against terrorism and shall continue this effort together.

COAS directed for more effective border coordination and cooperation with Afghan Security Forces to prevent cross border movement of terrorists including all types of illegal movement. COAS also welcomed recent proposals from Afghan authorities to take forward the mutual coordination for result oriented efforts against terrorism.

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Commander Peshawer Corps Lieutenant General Nazir  Ahmed Butt  visited Loi  Shaliman Khyber Agency. He was given detailed briefing on  Prevailing security  situation. During his visit Commander interacted with troops deployed on the forward posts  and expressed his satisfaction on operational performance and morale of troops.

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Pak Army troops conducted IBO in Ping Area FR Tank against Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani Group of TTP.  Following 4 wanted high profile  Terrorists killed:-

  1. Comd Zaman @Toofan
  2. Naib Comd Umar s/o Asmat ullah Shaheen
  3. Comd Wasi Ullah
  4. Comd Zulam din @ Zulmat

Weapons and ammunition also recovered.

The group was involved in target killings, extortion and kidnaping for ransom in DIK, Tank and surrounding areas.
Asmatullah Shaheen was important member of TTP Shura and was killed by another TTP faction due to internal rift during 2014.

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DG ISPR Tweet

News / comments quoting COAS' address to officers at Rawalpindi regarding book 'Army and Nation' is a disinformation.

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Terrorists attacked Pakistani border post in Khyber Agency from Afghanistan side this morning. Effectively responded. 2 FC soldiers injured. Reports of few Terrorists killed in exchange of fire.

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DG ISPR Tweet

Afghan Embassy officials called in GHQ. Given list of 76 Terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. Asked to take immediate action / be handed over to Pakistan.

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In wake of recent upsurge in terrorist incidents in the country, search and combing operations in areas of Rawalpindi District have been enhanced and security apparatus has been put on high alert. A conference chaired by Commander Rawalpindi Corps and attended by high-ups of law enforcement agencies was held today to take a stock of security situation and review the response mechanism to deal with the terrorists threat. Security forces and intelligence outfits have been instructed to further intensify combing and targeted operations with the aim to eliminate terrorists and sleepers cells.

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Operations Update

As ordered by COAS last night, response to recent Ts incidents is in progress across the country. Following actions have been undertaken:-

> IBOs and combining operations are in progress across the country including Punjab. Over 100 terrorists have been killed since last night and sizeable apprehensions also made. Details will be shared.

> Intelligence agencies are making progress to unearth networks behind recent Ts incidents. Outcome will be shared.

> There are linkages of support for these incidents from across the border. The border has been closed since last night due to security reasons. No cross border / unauthorised entry will be allowed to Pakistan from Afghanistan. Security forces have been given special orders in this regard to have strict watch all along the border.

> Afghan authorities have been given list of 76 terrorists who are hiding across since long and planning / directing / supporting Ts activities in Pakistan. Afghan government has been asked to target them / hand them over to Pakistan.

> Terrorists' hideouts on Pak-Afg Border have been effectively targeted.

COAS said, "Army is for security of People of Pakistan against all types of threat. Nation to stay steadfast with full confidence in their security forces. We shall not let the hostile agenda succeed whatever it may cost".

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COAS made telephone call to US General John Nicholson, Resolute  Support Mission (RSM) Commander in Afghanistan. COAS expressed his concerns over continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan with impunity from Afghanistan. Most of the incidents in Pakistan are claimed by terrorist organisations with leadership hiding in Afghanistan. COAS said that such terrorist activities and inaction against them are testing our current policy of cross border restraint. COAS asked Commander RSM to play his role in disconnecting this planning, direction, coordination and financial support. COAS also informed him about list of terrorists handed over to Afghan authorities for action against them who are hiding inside Afghanistan since long.

US General expressed his condolences on loss of precious lives in recent terrorist incidents and assured him full assistance in response to his concerns. The General also shared his plans to undertake special coordination at appropriate level between RSM, Afghan Security Forces and Pakistan.

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With a view to express solidarity and solace with tragic Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s Shrine terrorist attack victims and their families, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited the injured of Sehwan blast being treated at Pakistan Navy Hospital SHIFA. He also attended funeral of Captain Taha martyred in Awaran blast.

During the visit, Naval Chief directed the medical staff of PNS SHIFA to provide best available medical services to the injured of blast incident. While expressing his profound condolence and sincere sympathy on this tragic incident, the Naval Chief said that no cause could justify brutality of targeting innocent/defenseless civilians including women and children. He pledged that in this hour of tragedy, the officers, men and civilians of Pakistan Navy stand firm with the nation and in particular with the aggrieved families.

Later, he also attended the funeral of Shaheed Captain Taha and also met the father and relatives of the Shaheed and paid tribute to his great sacrifice. Senior Naval and Pak Army officials and a large number of civil & military personnel attended the funeral.

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Chief of the Naval Staff attending the funeral of Captain Taha who martyred in Awaran blast

Chief of the Naval Staff visiting the victims of Sehwan Blast at PNS Shifa

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Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, Commander Sri Lanka Navy, called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS)  today. 

During the meeting, regional security issues and matters of professional interest were discussed. The visiting dignitary acknowledged the sacrifices and achievements of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism and efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region.

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An IED exploded on Army convoy in Awaran,  Balochistan. 3 soldiers including Capt Taha embraced Shahadat. 2 soldiers got injured. Shaheed include Sepoy Kamran Satti and Sepoy Mehtar Jan.

Quote DGISPR
3 more sons laid their lives for motherland at Awaran. "None can deter our resolve to defeat enemies and safeguard 'Our Pakistan'." COAS.

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Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, Commander Sri Lanka Navy visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah. The visiting dignitary is on an official visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Chief of the Naval Staff.

 Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the Sri Lankan Naval Chief was received by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dress presented him the Guard of Honour. Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah introduced the visiting dignitary to the Principal Staff Officers at Naval Headquarters.

 Later, Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office, where he held detailed discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration in diverse fields with his counterpart. A comprehensive brief on PN’s operational developments was also given to the visiting dignitary. Admiral Zakaullah thanked Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne for active participation by Sri Lankan Navy in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17 to join hands for common resolve of ‘Together for Peace’.  Sri Lankan Naval Chief highly lauded the efforts of Pakistan Navy to maintain collaborative security in the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne also called on Federal Minister for Defence Production, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of the Army Staff and Chief of the Air Staff during his engagements at Islamabad.

 Earlier during his visit to Karachi Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne attended different events of Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17, including International Fleet Review and graced the Session-II of International Maritime Conference, International Band Display and Maritime Counter Terrorism Demo as Chief Guest.  The dignitary called on Naval Field Commands at Karachi and laid wreath at mausoleum of Quad-e-Azam. Sri Lankan Naval Chief also visited Pakistan Navy War College Lahore.

 Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne has had the honour to hold number of Command and Staff appointments including Command of SLNS SAYURA (Offshore Patrol Vessel), Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, Director General (Services), Director Naval Operations/Special Forces/Maritime/Surveillance, Commander South Naval Area, Commander Eastern Naval Area, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Commander Special Boat Squadron.

 Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne is an alumni of Pakistan Navy Staff College, a graduate of Karachi University of Pakistan and National Defence University Washington DC, USA.
 
 The visit is expected to greatly enhance the bilateral collaboration between the two Navies in various avenues.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies today. He met with troops and had interaction with tribal elders. He also met the kins of those who embraced shahadat during yesterday’s terrorist attack at Ghalanai and offered respects and condolences.

 He lauded LEAs at Mohmand, especially Levis for thwarting yesterday's suicide attack minimizing the loss of lives. He also appreciated troops for effectively responding to cross border attack from Afghanistan on Pakistani post last week. He said that cooperation between our brave citizens, Army, LEAs and intelligence agencies is cornerstone of our success against terrorism. He said that terrorists are trying to regroup in safe havens in Afghanistan and are attempting to spread doubt and despondency in our society. We all collectively shall fail their desperate maneuvers. He said that efforts to ensure that our soil is not used against any other country shall continue and expect from others to reciprocate in same manner. Hostile agencies should avoid playing with regional peace and stability as we reserve the right to respond, despite our current policy of restraint.

 He assured local tribes that Pakistan Army will continue its efforts to improve infrastructure in FATA including roads, health, education and community development projects. Army fully supports initiatives for mainstreaming of FATA being undertaken in accordance with the wishes of the people, COAS concluded.

Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt and other senior Army and FC officials were also present at the occasion.

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Quote DG ISPR - Sehwan Blast

  • COAS directed immediate assistance to Sehwan blast victims. Army / Rangers moved including medical support. Hyderabad CMH ready to receive casualties.
  • Sehwan. Air effort being sent for quick evacuation of injured. Night flying capable heli of Navy and C 130 of PAF will do relief effort.
  • Sehwan. PAF C 130 will lift injured from Nawab Shah airport. Navy heli will lift injured from Sehwan and surroundings.
  • Sehwan. Armed Forces have placed all required resources for rescue effort. Army and Rangers are doing rescue effort at site.
  • Recent terrorist acts are being executed on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. We shall defend and respond.
  • COAS appeals nation to stay calm. "Your security forces shall not allow hostile powers to succeed. We stand for our nation".
  • COAS, "Each drop of nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone."
  • Sehwan. CNS placed all Naval Hospitals at Karachi on high alert. Ready to receive injured through night capable heli.
  • Sehwan. Army and Rangers medical teams at blast site. Air evac from Nawab Shah started. Injured being taken to Kci/ Hyd. Ambulances sent.
  • Pakistan-Afghanistan Border closed with immediate effects till further orders due to security reasons.
  • Sehwan. Air Chief directs to utilise C 130 till complete evac. Injured will be treated at PAF hosps too. Ts will not be spared.

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A terrorists bid was foiled in Mohmand agency today. Security agencies had the intelligence about intrusion of suicide bombers from Afghanistan inside Mohmand agency.

One suicide bomber blew himself up once spotted and challenged by security agencies at the gate of PA office while other was shot by the sentries at the gate. Search of area is being carried out.

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Update Mohammad agency

3 khasadars and two civilians embraced shahadat when a suicider blew himself up when challenged by sentry while other suicider was shot by the security forces in Mohmand agency.

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Vice Admiral Donegan, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, 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 US Naval Forces Central Command acknowledged the role of Pakistan Armed Forces in fighting the menace of terrorism.

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A delegation comprising of 230 students and teachers of Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lasbela Educational Institutions visited Gwadar.

On arrival at Gawader, the delegation was received by representatives of Army, civil administration and students of local colleges. The visiting dignitaries were given detailed briefing on China Pakistan Economic Corridor, development of Gawader port and different projects by Gwadar Port Authorities and Gawadar Development Authorities.

Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz also had an interactive session with the students and clarified their quires. He also participated in a peace walk alongwith students organized by the locals and later on hosted a dinner in the honour of visiting delegation.

The initiative of Youth Exchange Programme was launched in 2015 with the aim to create harmony among the students of different provinces and provide more opportunities to the students of less developed areas of Balochistan to learn from the students and faculties of other provinces. Such visits are now regular feature of Youth Exchange Programme.

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Commander U.S Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) Vice Admiral Kevin M Donegan visited Naval Headquarters today and called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral M Zakaullah in his office.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration and security environment in Indian Ocean Region came under discussion. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral M Zakaullah thanked the visiting dignitary for participation by U.S Navy in Exercise AMAN-17.

Commander US NAVCENT highly appreciated the conduct of Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 at Karachi in which 37 nations participated with Ships, Aircraft, Helicopters, Special Operations Forces (SOFs)/Explosive Ordnance Teams/Marine teams and Observers. He also lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Navy personnel and active role being played by Pakistan Navy for maritime security and stability in the region.  He said that the near permanent presence of Pakistan Navy units in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) has greatly helped in shaping a secure environment for freedom of navigation in the region.

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Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI(M) with Vice Admiral K M Donegan, Cdr US NAVCENT, during exchange of souvenirs at Naval Headquarters Islamabad

Vice Admiral K M Donegan, Cdr US NAVCENT exchanging views with Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah at Naval Headquarters Islamabad

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Lahore. Chaired security meeting at Corps Headquarters. Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali, Commander Lahore Corps and intelligence agencies briefed him on the last night blast. COAS said that such incidents can neither lower our national resolve nor can affect our ongoing efforts against terrorism. He said that terrorists of all hue and colour, their masters, financiers, planners and abettors including from outside will be hunted across the country, held accountable and responded to. Our gains over the years cannot be reversed.

He appreciated efforts of intelligence agencies in tracing culprits of last night blast which have resulted in to important apprehensions overnight including few Afghans. He directed to expedite efforts to unearth complete network.

Talking about its linkage to sabotage forthcoming PSL Final match at Lahore, COAS said that Army will extend full support to all concerned for holding the event as scheduled.

Later, COAS visited bereaved family of shaheed DIG Mubeen and offered Fatiha. Talking to mother of the Shaheed, COAS said that sacrifice of his brave son and those by the nation shall not go waste. We have to defeat this inhuman brutal mindset and as a nation we shall. He also expressed his grief and condolences with other bereaved families of the last night blast. COAS also visited injured at Services Hospital.

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Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 came to its conclusion with spectacular sea maneuvers and Fleet Review in the North Arabian Sea, today amid a joint resolve of 37 countries - “Together for Peace”.

Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Upon arrival onboard Pakistan Navy Ship NASR, the Chief Guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah.

Defence Minister, Secretary Defence, Governor Sindh, Chief Minister Sindh, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff, Sri Lankan Naval Chief, National Security Advisor to PM, Ambassadors, Consul Generals, Diplomats and other high ranking civil and military officials were also present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the overall conduct and operational perspective of the exercise and was given a detailed account of the sea based activities.

The Chief Guest witnessed different operational serials of the exercise conducted at sea by participating naval ships, aircraft, helicopters and PAF fighter jets. These serials comprised replenishment of men and material from one ship to another, Rockets Depth Charge (RDC) firing and surface to surface firing on pre-determined targets. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also presented an impressive fly past by various aircraft and helicopters of PN, PAF and participating countries including Japanese P3C Orion aircraft. In the end, all participating ships of different countries skim past PNS NASR in a column formation and presented salute to the dignitary. All the coalition ships also formed up for traditional “AMAN Formation” to signify unity and harmony amongst the participating nations against seaward crimes and maritime terrorism.

Expressing his satisfaction, the Prime Minister lauded the strenuous efforts of Pakistan Navy for the successful conduct of Exercise AMAN-17, which is a manifestation of Pakistan’s policy of constructive engagement with the comity of nations for peace and stability in the maritime commons. He further added that presence of such large number of foreign navies is reflective of confidence of world navies on Pakistan. He also stated that with this state of operational readiness, Pakistan Navy is fully prepared and committed to ensure seaward defence and safeguard maritime interests of Pakistan.

37 countries participated in this Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17 which was conducted in two phases; the harbour phase spanned from 11-12 Feb and the sea phase from 13–14 Feb 17. The harbour phase comprised International Maritime Conference, seminars, table talks, cross ships visits, call ons, International Band Display and Maritime Counter Terrorism Demonstration. Whereas, the sea phase included practical execution of operational plans and activities finalized during harbour phase.

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PM Nawaz Sharif being received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah at PN ship NASR at the concluding day of AMAN 17

A view of fly-past by aircraft and helos of PN, PAF and participating countries at the concluding day of AMAN 17

PM Nawaz Sharif and other dignitaries wave while a foreign ship pays its respects to the premier during concluding day of AMAN 17

PN Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister, CJCSC and Services Chiefs look while ships from different participating countries of AMAN 17 pay their respects to the premier

Ships of Pakistan Navy and other participating Navies of the world make an arrow formation at the conclusion of Multinational exercise AMAN 17 in North Arabian Sea

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3 FC soldiers who were critically injured last night in an IED blast During  cardon and search operation  in  zarmilan, South Waziristan Agency embraced shahadat.

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Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Strategic Plans Division today. He was received by Director General Strategic Plans Division, Lieutenant General Mazher Jamil and was given detailed briefing regarding various facets of Pakistan’s Strategic Programme.

COAS underlined the centrality of Pakistan’s Strategic Programme against specific threat to our security. COAS lauded the efforts of Scientists and Engineers involved in the development programmes, which made Pakistan’s defence formidable. He highly appreciated operational preparedness and training standards of the Strategic Forces. He particularly expressed satisfaction on the comprehensive security regime of SPD.

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COAS while condemning the terrorist act at Lahore today has expressed his grief for loss of innocent lives.

He instructed local army commander and intelligence agencies to provide all necessary assistance to civil administration in evacuation of injured to hospitals and also to apprehend those responsible for this heinous act.

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Indian unprovoked firing on LoC in Thoob (تھوب) sector near Bhimber. Responded effectively. 3 Pakistani soldiers critically injured. Reports of Indian casualties as well in exchange of fire.

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“China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is rightfully considered as a game changer not only for Pakistan but for the economic development and prosperity of the entire region”,said Defence Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif at the closing ceremony of 7th International Maritime Conference organized by National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR).

 The International Maritime Conference, held as in tandem with Multinational Exercise AMAN 17, concluded after three days of deliberations on maritime security, economy and marine environment. A large number of public and private sector participants from Pakistan and around the world created an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas.

While addressing the audience, the Chief Guest Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif stated that the Indian Ocean has emerged as a key arena of geopolitics as strategic interests of the world are routed in this region. The overwhelming reliance on the sea routes and increasing volume of global sea borne trade has enhanced the importance of Indian ocean region for the world community.

He further said that with the operationalization of CPEC and Gwadar Port, maritime activities would increase exponentially in North Arabian Seaand beyond. Consequently, the responsibilities of Pakistan Navy would also increase for maintaining a secure maritime environment for smooth flow of sea trade. He acknowledged the maritime security initiatives taken by Pakistan Navy for ensuring peace and order at sea individually and in collaboration with the partner navies. He also appreciated convening of the conference which is a step in the same direction and is indeed praiseworthy.

The minister assured that the recommendations of the conference will be given due consideration by the government and all possible efforts will be made for their pursuance.

Earlier, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in his closing remarks said that the initiatives of developing economic corridors and linking to maritime routes have provided impetus for economic integration of the regional countries and beyond. He further said that CPEC is one such development in the region and with the operationalization of CPEC and Gwadar port the scope and potential of blue economy will increase further.

The admiral also said that Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region has gained particular significance in the recent past due to increased dependence of the world on sea borne trade and quest for energy resources. Any disruption in the free flow of trade would not only impact the regional states but also have implications for the overall global economy.

At the end, the Defence Minister also congratulated and distributed prizes among the students of Bahria University and NCMPR,who won the article and poster competitions held on the sidelines of the Conference.

A large number of foreign delegates, PN officials, civil and military dignitaries attended the Conference.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah  addressing the closing ceremony of International Maritime Conference held during Multinational Exercise Aman 17

Minister for Defence Khuwaja Muhammad Asif addressing the closing ceremony of International Maritime Conference held during Multinational Exercise Aman 17

Group photo of Minister for Defence Khuwaja Muhammad Asif and CNS Admiral Zakaullah with the Speakers at the closing ceremony of International Maritime Conference held during Multinational Exercise Aman 17

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Update Thoob sector (Line of Control)

Three soldiers Naik Ghulam Rasool, Naik Imran zafar and Sepoy Imam bukhsh who were critically injured at line of control in Thoob sector near Bhimber embraced shahadat.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited South Waziristan Agency (SWA) and spent the day with troops deployed at forward posts.

On arrival, COAS was briefed by the GOC about security and stability situation in the Agency including border management and rehabilitation of TDPs. Expressing his satisfaction on operational gains, development works and measures for better border security management, COAS directed to continue focusing on stability operations and socio economic development for enduring peace in the area.

While interacting with troops, COAS lauded their bravery and commitment which enabled re-establishment of writ of the state. He also acknowledged and appreciated resolve of tribal brethren and the local administration for supporting the Army's effort.

He said that Pak Army will continue its efforts while also supporting mainstreaming of FATA by the Government as per aspirations of the local tribes.

Earlier, on arrival at SWA, COAS was received by Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt, Commander Peshawar Corps.   

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IMC 2017– Day 2 (12 FEBRUARY)

“Maritime Economy and Environment” remained in focus on the second day of the 7th International Maritime Conference 2017 held on ‘Strategic Outlook in the Indian Ocean Region, 2030 And Beyond: Evolving Challenges and Strategies’. The first speaker of the day, Rear Admiral (Retd) Pervaiz Asghar expressed his thoughts on “Emerging Opportunities in the Indian Ocean Trade Regime”.

Mr Kamran Nasir CEO, JS Global Bank discussed the export opportunities for Pakistan arising out of increased maritime connectivity in the western Indian Ocean Region. He was followed by Admiral (Retd) Dr. Jayanath Colombage from Sri Lanka, who dwelt on the issues of “Economic Impact of Sustainable Fisheries Management in the Indian Ocean Region”. Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gillani, Chairman Gallup Pakistan was the Chief Guest of this session.

The following session of the day was on the theme of Marine Environment and Ocean Governance in which Dr. Wang Dakui from China emphasized on having a cooperative mechanism for Indian Ocean Region to deal with environmental hazards and early warning risk assessment. Dr. Steen Christensen, from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), shed light on regional collaboration amongst countries in the Indian Ocean for better coastal management and ocean governance.

Dr. Nuzhat Khan from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) presented a paper on “Marine Protected Areas and Challenges to Local Populace from Conservation and Marine Ecosystem”: Dr. Shahid Amjad from Institute of Business Management discussed medium and long term issues affecting management of sustainable fisheries in Indian Ocean. Mr. Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Deputy Inspector General Forests was the Chief Guest of the Session.

The 7th International Maritime Conference is being held in tandem with the 5th biennial multinational Naval Exercise “AMAN 2017”. The events are being attended by more than 36 Navies including eminent speakers and delegations from across the globe.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah today visited various ships of foreign navies participating in the Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17.

Upon his arrival, the Naval Chief was warmly welcomed by senior officers/Task Group Commanders/commanding officers of respective ships and was presented guard of honour by smartly turned out contingents.

The Naval Chief visited participating ships of Australia, China, Indonesia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and U.K where he held formal interaction with senior officers/Task Group Commanders/commanding officers. During the discussions with officers onboard, the Naval Chief highlighted that Pakistan Navy has always been a forerunner in the quest for collaborative security in this region of immense strategic importance and AMAN series of exercises are anchored on this concept. The Admiral further expressed that the camaraderie generated herein will grow in future and shall bring us closer to the mutual goal of regional peace and prosperity. He also appreciated and thanked for their participation in AMAN Exercise to fulfil common resolve of “Together for Peace”.

The senior officers/Task Group Commanders/commanding officers of the respective ships, highly acknowledged the strenuous efforts of Pakistan Navy by bringing together global navies towards a shared commitment of maritime peace, stability and lawful order at sea.

The Admiral had an informal interaction with the crew of visiting ships and appreciated their professionalism and morale. The Naval Chief also recorded his remarks in guest books of visiting ships.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah visits Chinese ship on visit to Pakistan for participating in Multinational Exercise Aman 17


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah visits British ship on visit to Pakistan for participating in Multinational Exercise Aman 17


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah visits Indonesian ship on visit to Pakistan for participating in Multinational Exercise Aman 17


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah visits Russian ship on visit to Pakistan for participating in Multinational Exercise Aman 17


Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah visits Turkish ship on visit to Pakistan for participating in Multinational Exercise Aman 17

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Under the auspices of Pakistan Navy and in tandem with Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17, three-day International Maritime Conference commenced today here at Karachi.  Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz was the Chief Guest at Opening ceremony.

The National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) invited eminent scholars from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UK, and USA to deliberate on the topic “Strategic Outlook in The Indian Ocean Region 2030 and Beyond - Evolving Challenges and Strategies”.

While addressing the audience, the Chief Guest emphasized on the importance of uninterrupted use of seas for the common good. He stated that marine environment is also an essential component of global life support system and investing in marine eco-systems can help us improve ocean management. He also assured unstinted support of the Government for the development of maritime sector.

Earlier, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in his opening remarks welcomed all guests and participants and highlighted the significant role being played by Pakistan Navy in sustenance of peace and stability in the Indian Ocean Region. He said that operationalization of CPEC and Gwadar Port would lead to an exponential increase in maritime activities off our coast. Consequently, responsibilities of Pakistan Navy for maintaining secure maritime environment will also increase manifold. Recent establishment of Task Force-88 is also a step forward in this regard.

Later, President Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Former Ambassador Sardar Masood Khan addressed the gathering as keynote speaker. He accentuated the challenges and opportunities of geo-political and economic trends in the Indian Ocean Region.

In the second session of the conference, Vice Admiral R C Wijegunaratne, Sri Lankan Naval Chief was the chief guest who appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Navy in holding AMAN-17 and conduct of the IMC. The dignitary also called on Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in a separate meeting. During the meeting, the matters of bilateral naval collaboration and role of PN’s effort  in maintaining security and stability in Indian Ocean regions were discussed.

The prominent speakers of the session, Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmed, Commander Karachi deliberated on the Strategic Options for Pakistan Navy in emerging Geo-political Scenario, whereas Dr. Christine Bueger from the United Kingdom spoke on role of Pakistan in the Western Indian Ocean Security Architecture. Afterwards, Captain (Retd) Martin A. Sebastian from Malaysia talked about Organized Maritime Crimes and discussed different strategies for their effective management in the region.

In the last session of the day, speakers presented research papers on note worthy topics like, Indian Expansionist Designs remain the greatest security risk to South Asia, Strategic Outlook in the Indian Ocean Region: Nuclear Dimensions and Impact on Deterrence Stability, and expressed serious concerns on nuclearization of maritime domain in Indian Ocean. Admiral Shahid Karimullah, former Chief of the Naval Staff was the Chief Guest for the Session.

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Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz addressing the International Maritime Conference held today at PC hotel

Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz along with Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah at the International Maritime Conference

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah addressing the International Maritime Conference

Group photo of Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Azizi and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah with participants of International Maritime Conference


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As a part of ongoing Multinational Exercise AMAN-17, being hosted by Pakistan Navy, Special Operations Forces and Marines of Pakistan Navy presented an impressive Maritime Counter Terrorism Demonstration here at Manora today. Sri Lankan Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne graced the demonstration as Chief Guest. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present at the occasion.

 The rise of terrorism and instability at global level has changed the nature of how nations engaged both friends and foes. Special Forces worldwide find themselves in non-conventional wars, peculiar operations and home defense missions which were unseen just a decade ago. Special Forces play a unique role that include tracking of terrorists cells and leaders, disrupting insurgent campaigns and building relationships with international partners for ensuring peace and stability.

The counter terrorism demonstrated today was a fine display of strength and specialized skills by Special Operations Forces and Marines of Pakistan Navy to counter acts of maritime terrorism, refine special operating procedures, exchange of professional expertise and to enhance interoperability with participating SOF teams.

 The demonstrations while using versatile platforms included fast maneuvers by Hovercrafts, Military Assault and VBSS boats, hovercrafts and Special Forces boats (SFBs), insertion of Air Assault Teams through helicopters, para-jumps by SSGNs/Commandos, frogman attacks, coordinated beach assault and reinforcement followed by extraction. The event witnessed a high level coordination and professionalism of Special Forces.

 Pakistan Navy Special Forces conduct regular exercises with foreign Special Forces to keep abreast of the latest techniques in Special Warfare. Maritime Counter Terrorism Demo is a string of same scheme depicting firm dedication of Pakistan Navy to meet the challenges regarding maritime terrorism issues.

Earlier, an International Bands display was also presented by the bands of participating countries of AMAN 17, aiming to connect the countries through cultural heritage as well. The military bands from Sri Lanka, and of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy played a mix of their traditional and military tunes. The enchanting melodies mesmerized the audience and were really appreciated.

A large number of personnel of the participating navies, observers, foreign diplomats and senior officials of armed forces of Pakistan witnessed the Counter terrorism demonstration and Bands display.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and Sri Lankan Naval Chief at the International band display during exercise AMAN 17 organised by Pakistan Navy

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and Sri Lankan Naval Chief attending the Maritime Counter terrorism demo during exercise AMAN 17 organised by Pakistan Navy

Pakistan Navy paratroopers being dropped at Karachi beach during exercise AMAN's counter terrorism demo

PN Helicopter dropping SSG personnel during a counter terrorism demo at Manora Beach as part of Multinational exercise AMAN 17

PN hovercrafts showing their strength and skill during Maritime counter terrorism demo in exercise AMAN 17

Sri Lankan Naval Band performing at the International Band display

The lead paratrooper of Pakistan Navy carrying Pakistan's flag lands during a counter terrorism demo at Manora Beach

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Joint graduation ceremony of National Integrated Counter Terrorism Course (NICTC) - 9 was held at National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) Pabbi. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was the Chief guest.
 388 individusals of FC, Police, Rangers and other Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) graduated through this batch. Since setting up of NCTC, over 2, 35,000 individuals including international military troops from different countries have been trained by Pakistan Army at this facility. The training was organized on direction from Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa which shall continue to enhance operational efficiency of Police and other Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs).
 Speaking on the occasion, the Chief guest appreciated Pakistan Army’s continuous assistance and training support for capacity enhancement of police and other LEAs for counter terrorism operations. He lauded the sacrifices rendered by Armed Forces, civil society, intelligence agencies and other LEAs in fight against terrorism. The event was attended by Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman Inspector General Training and Evaluation and Inspector General Islamabad Police.
 Earlier, on arrival at NCTC Pabbi, the chief guest was received by Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani, Commander Central Command.

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Multinational Exercise AMAN 17 formally commenced today at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, under the aegis of Pakistan Navy with a colorful flag hoisting ceremony with Navy band playing national songs. Ships of the participating navies, observers, foreign diplomats and a large number of Pakistan Navy officers and men attended the event.

 Speaking on the occasion, Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini said that we are here for a common purpose, for a common goal to ensure security, to make this world safe for us, for rest of the humanity so that there is a peace which brings prosperity and progress that is what our constitution mandates us to do. We believe in inclusive policy and we think that if the world stands together, there will be great benefits for all of us. The Admiral said that the region is experiencing swift Geo-strategic changes, which has provided Pakistan with diversified challenges but also many opportunities that mandate a secure environment not only within Pakistan but also in the region at large.

The Admiral reiterated that Pakistan Navy has always been a consistent security contributor in Indian Ocean Region. Being a lead nation, Pakistan’s Maritime forces are actively participating with other navies in combating Narco trade, human smuggling, gun running, terrorism and piracy at high sea. We need to make collective efforts to eliminate these threats for lasting peace in the region, he added. The importance of this collaboration will enhance with the complete operationalization of CPEC and Gwadar Port ;meant to bring in prosperity not only to Pakistan but the region and beyond.

The Admiral added that multinational exercise AMAN 17 is an effort which will surely improve response, tactics and procedures among various maritime forces operating in the region. The concept of exercise is to promote understanding which will be developed through formal and informal interactions. The exercise is expected to further refine the concept of ‘collective and collaborative’ security among the participants. Pakistan in general and Pakistan Navy in particular takes immense pride in leading these efforts.

Commander Pakistan Fleet extended warm welcome to the participating Navies and hoped that their presence/togetherness will forge a cooperation, yet brotherhood which will prevent conflicts and should there be one, we will quickly resolve it to establish and maintain lasting peace. He also valued participating nations for supporting Pakistan’s resolve for ensuring peace in the region.

AMAN is a multinational naval exercise conducted biennially by Pakistan Navy since 2007. The exercise is based on Pakistan Navy lead initiative to bring in various navies under one umbrella. The current exercise is 5th in the series. The exercise has a growing number of participants. This year 36 nations are participating through ships, aircrafts, Special Operating Forces, Observers and speakers. One of the key features, other than sea exercise, is international maritime conference spread over three days, being organized by National Maritime Policy Research Centre.

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All Senior Foriegn officials infront of their national flags at  the Flag Hoisting Ceremony of Multinational Exercise Aman 17 held today at PN dockyard

Commander Pakistan Fleet VIce Admiral Arifullah Hussaini addressing the audience during the Flag Hoisting Ceremony of Multinational Exercise Aman 17 held today at PN dockyard

Commander Pakistan Fleet VIce Admiral Arifullah Hussaini addressing the Flag Hoisting Ceremony of Multinational Exercise Aman 17 held today at PN dockyard

Logo Exercise Aman 2017

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A Heli ski team comprising 38 foreigners from 12 different countries visited ISPR Directorate today. The team is on a week long tour to Pakistan through a joint collaboration of Training Recourse Group (TRG) and ISPR, for heli-skiing and to explore beauty of Pakistan.  The team was briefed by Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) about security environment in Pakistan for sports . The visitors appreciated role of Pakistan Armed Forces for war against terrorism and improved security environment. Team will visit Northern Areas under arrangements ISPR for heli-skiing before their departure on 15 February 2017.

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Promotion board from Brigadiers to Major General was held at General Headquarters today. Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided.  37 Brigadiers including 9 from Army Medical Corps approved for promotion to the rank of Major General.

Those promoted include Brigadier Nauman Zakria, Brigadier Kanwar Adnan Ahmed Khan, Brigadier Syed Aamir Raza, Brigadier Tariq Zameer, Brigadier Tahir Gulzar Malik, Brigadier Shahid Mahmood, Brigadier Muhammad Asghar, Brigadier Khalid Saeed, Brigadier Ayman Bilal Safdar, Brigadier Sarfraz Muhammad, Brigadier Rafiq Ur Rehman, Brigadier Inam Haider Malik, Brigadier Salman Fayyaz Ghani, Brigadier Sarfraz Ali, Brigadier Muhammad Aniq Ur Rehman Malik, Brigadier Muhammad Asim Malik, Brigadier Fayyaz Hussain Shah, Brigadier Shahid Nazir, Brigadier Zia Ur Rehman, Brigadier Zahid Mahmood, Brigadier Azhar Iqbal Abbasi, Brigadier Tariq Mahmood, Brigadier Ahsan Gulrez, Brigadier Shahid Imtiaz, Brigadier Rizwan Afzal, Brigadier Usman Haq, Brigadier Syed Shahab Shahid and Brigadier Nauman Ahmed Hashmi.

Those approved from Army Medical Corps include Brigadier Tahir Sardar, Brigadier Mrs Nigar Johar, Brigadier Irfan Ai Sheikh, Brigadier Liaquat Ali, Brigadier Iftikhar Ahmed, Brigadier Imran Fazal, Brigadier Tahir Iqbal, Brigadier Tariq Mahmood Satti and Brigadier Tahir Khadim.

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H.E Mrs. Martine Dorance, Ambassador of France, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Matters pertaining to security and defence were discussed during the meeting.

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Naval Platforms of 09 participating countries arrived Karachi today to participate in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 2017 organiased by Pakistan Navy. The exercise will be held from 10th to 14th Feb 17 at Karachi.

Being held since 2007, AMAN 17 is fifth Multinational Exercise of AMAN series. Navies of 37 countries are participating in AMAN 17, out of which 09 countries are participating with naval assets including Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, UK, USA, Japan and Russia.

The detail of countries participating with naval assets is given below:

a. 

USA:

USS AMELIA EARHART (OILER), USCGS MAUI, USCGSAQUIDNEK and USS TYPHOON

b.

China:

HARBIN DDG 112, HANDAN FFG 575 and DONGPHINGU AO 960

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Russia:

SEVEROMORSK (ASW), ALTAY Tug Boat and DUBNA tanker

d.

Sri Lanka:

SLS SAMUDRA

e.

Turkey:

TCGGELIBOLU

f.

UK:

HMS DARING

g.

Indonesia:

KRI SULTAN ISKANDARMUDA

h.

Australia:

HMASARUNTA

i.

Japan:

02 x P3C ORION aircraft

Upon arrival, the visiting ships were given a warm welcome by senior Pakistan Navy officials amid catchy tunes of national songs, played by PN band. Officials of the consulates of visiting countries were also present on the occasion.

During this exercise participating units will rehearse various naval operations to enhance mutual understanding and regional stability. Aim of this multinational exercise is to display united resolve against terrorism and crimes in maritime domain. The exercise will also help in enhancing Pakistan Navy’s interoperability with regional and extra regional navies thereby acting as a bridge between the regions.

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A view of the Chinese Navy ships docked at Karachi Harbour to particpate in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17

A view of Turkish Navy Ship arriving Karachi Harbour to particpate in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17

Indonesian Ship KRI SULTAN ISKANDARMUDA arrives Karachi Harbour to participate in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17

Pakistan Navy personnel welcome Russian Ship arriving Karachi Harbour to participate in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 17

The Ship of Australian Navy enters Karachi Harbour to participate in Multinational Exercise AMAN 17

The Ships of United Kigdom (Front) and China (Rear) docked at Karachi Harbour, the ships arrived Karachi to participate in Multinational Exercise AMAN 17

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and US Secretary of Defence, James Mattis had a twenty minutes telephone conversation. COAS congratulated the secretary on assumption of new responsibility and expressed the hope that his vast experience in the field will be of great value to the region. Secretary Mattis commended the sacrifices and resilience of the people and armed forces of Pakistan and appreciated the role Pakistan Army has played in battling the scourge of terrorism. Both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and discussed measures towards that end. Both also agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels.

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199th Corps Commanders’ conference was held today at GHQ. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) chaired the conference.

The Forum reviewed security environment and challenges. The forum viewed continued unprovoked Cease Fire Violations by India along Line of Control / Working boundary as potential threat to regional stability. Forum also condemned recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and expressed solidarity with Afghan people and their Security Forces in defeating terrorism.

Forum expressed satisfaction on progress of counter terrorism / intelligence based operations. COAS directed that these operations to continue till achievement of desired end state.

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A media brief was held at PN Fleet Headquarters today in connection with Pakistan Navy’s multinational exercise AMAN 2017. Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini addressed the media and gave details of the exercise.

Commander Pakistan Fleet said that traditionally, threats to the maritime security arise from the regional conflicts and political interests. These new security challenges have also changed the maritime environment. Today, threats such as piracy, human smuggling and drug trafficking etc have made the security of Indian Ocean more complex. In this changing scenario, maritime security challenges need to be focused collectively by the international community as no country can counter these challenges single handedly. Therefore, to meet these growing challenges, we need cooperation and mutual trust at regional and international level.

Admiral Hussaini said that Pakistan, due to its geographical location; being situated at the crossroad of three important regions of Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia and for its vicinity to the global energy highway, Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz, is considered an important country. Furthermore, with the inception of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port, maritime activity in the North Arabian Sea is likely to be increased manifold.

Commander Pakistan Fleet said that for regional maritime security, Pakistan Navy strengthened its relations with its allies and by means of its sincere efforts at the international level, also ensured the safety of sea traders. Under the fold of Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) in the North Arabian Sea, we were the first to join Task Force – 150, which is intended for eradicating terrorism, illegal human, drugs and arms trafficking in the maritime domain. Let me tell you that in 2009, according to the resolutions of United Nations, Pakistan Navy along with other reputed naval forces, joined CTF-151 which is meant to counter piracy. Besides North Arabian Sea, Pakistan Navy ships are also ensuring free sea trade in the waters of Gulf of Aden.

With all these efforts, Pakistan Navy has been regularly organizing Multinational naval exercise AMAN. This exercise will provide an opportunity to gather international maritime community at one platform to promote peace and stability. The exercise includes present day maritime operations as well as professional and cultural activities ashore.

Admiral Hussaini apprised the audience that multinational naval exercise AMAN 17 has been divided into two phases i.e Harbour and Sea phases. Harbour phase includes flag hoisting ceremony at the onset of the exercise wherein flags of all participating countries will be hoisted. This phase will be followed by visits of participants from all countries to each others’ ships, meetings of senior officers and representatives of all participating countries with Pakistani high officials, sports fixtures between teams of participating countries and cultural show to highlight their culture, International Maritime Counter Terrorism Demo, International Bands Display and above all an International Maritime Conference in which participants from various countries will present their research papers. In addition, different meetings for preparation of two-day sea exercise are also included in the harbour phase, he added.

On conclusion of harbour phase, sea phase commences in which basic and high level exercises will be conducted wherein, ships, aircraft, helicopters and special operations forces will participate in diversified sea based activities including Gunnery Firings, Rocket Depth Charge Firing, Anti Piracy Demonstrations, Replenishment at Sea and Fly Past. International Fleet Review by all participating ships will formally culminate the exercise.

Dwelling upon the aims and objectives of the exercise, the Admiral said that the primary objective of this exercise is to have a platform which can promote mutual understanding and interests. In addition, the exercise is intended to devise procedures and techniques against conventional and non conventional threats. Previously, four exercises of AMAN series have been organized in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 in which large number of ships, Special Operation Forces (SOF) and observers from leading navies of the region/world participated.

The current exercise is the fifth of the series, being held from 10-14 February 2017, in which 37 countries are participating. With Pakistan the host country, other participating countries are Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Sudan, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, UK and USA. Out of 15 ships, China, USA and Russia are participating with three ships each, while one each from Turkey, Great Britain, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia. In addition, two P3C Orion aircraft from Japan, five helicopters (accompanying ships of eight of these countries), 11 Special Operations Forces and Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Marines teams arriving from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Great Britain and USA are also participating along with delegates from participating countries.

Presence of these friendly navies from all over the world is a manifestation of firm resolve of international community towards peace and stability in the Indian Ocean. Active participation of these countries along with their naval forces is indicative of our professional capabilities. The Admiral said that conduct of this Multinational naval exercise AMAN 17, will further strengthen relations of Pakistan Navy with regional and extra regional countries.

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Indian unprovoked firing in Khuiratta sector this afternoon. An innocent 25 years old labourer Ashfaq of village Tain  got injured, evacuated to civil hospital.
Pakistani troops effectively responded to Indian firing.

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A group of representatives from civil society spent a day out with troops at Lahore Garrison. The programme was aimed at introducing them the military life and to further enhance their confidence in defence capability of Pakistan Army.
The day started with wreath laying by visitors at Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
Later, they witnessed a combat demonstration by Quick Reaction Force  and weapon handling and firing.
The group also had an interaction with Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali after short briefing about Army at Corps HQ . The programme culminated with flag lowering ceremony at Pak-India joint check post at Ganda Singhwala near Kasur. The group lauded the professionalism and resolve of Pakistan Army officers and  troops  in defending the motherland.

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Victim labourer of Indian fire in Khuiratta sector today succumbed to injuries. Another innocent life lost to Indian irresponsible attitude.

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Indian troops carried out unprovoked firing along WB in Zafarwal sector today at  0830 hrs. Pakistan Rangers Punjab responded effectively.

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On directions of COAS Army helicopter delivered relief items including rations, coal stoves, blankets and medicines etc for people of snow slide affectees at village Sher Shal, Chitral. Comdt Chitral Scouts Col Nizam supervising relief assistance.

COAS directs full assistance to local administration for relief effort.

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In Chaghi, Rescue and relief Operation completed. FC assisted PDMA overnight to rescue all 108 stranded travelers and shifted to Noshki.
In village Sher Shal, Garam Chashma, Chitral FC troops are assisting Civ Administration and NDMA for rescue of  individuals who came under snow slide last night. So far 7 dead bodies have been recovered. 2 injured  taken out.

An FC soldier Irshad embraced shahdat and 6 got injured when a Chitral scout post came under slide in Pishotan, Kandao, Arandu. Soldiers have been rescued early morning.

Subject to weather clearance Army helicopter will supply relief items and expedite relief operations.
COAS directs maximum assistance to NDMA, PDMA and local administrations for timely and effective rescue/relief effort in snow hit areas.

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Update - Rescue and Relief Operation Chaghi

FC Balochistan continues rescue operation in Dhak, Chaghi. Most of affectees shifted to Noshki. Immediate relief including medical assistance given. Comd Southern comd  Lt Gen Aamir Riaz and IG FC Bln MG Nadeem Anjum personally supervising the effort. COAS directs continuity of operation till complete rescue.

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5 Feb...Solidarity with Kashmiris. Atrocities in Held Kashmir must stop. Kashmiris be given their right of self determination=UN Resolutions.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Lahore Garrison. On arrival, COAS laid floral wreath at Yadgar - e - Shuhada.

COAS was briefed in details about operational preparedness and other matters at Corps HQ and HQ Pak Rangers Punjab. COAS expressed his satisfaction on operational readiness and appreciated Punjab Rangers' response to ongoing Cease Fire Violations (CFV) along Working Boundary (WB) by Indian troops.

Later, COAS addressed officers and troops of Lahore Garrison. Taking them on board about prevailing security environment, COAS highlighted its challenges for the Army. He said that Pak Army and Pakistan Rangers Punjab have played an important role for reduction in the internal security threats as well as effective response along WB. COAS said that nation acknowledges and fully supports Pak Army's contributions in our fight against terrorism and militancy. 'We shall always come up to the expectations of the people of Pakistan who are our real strength" he said.

Talking about Indian provocations along Line of Control (LOC) and WB, COAS said that India is trying to divert world's attention from its atrocities against innocent Kashmiris in Held Kashmir. "Pak Army and Rangers are fully prepared for befitting response to any misadventure from across" he pledged.

Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Lt Gen Sad,' Ali, Commander Lahore Corps.

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Pak Army providing helicopters for relief operations in Leepa Valley. This is in connection with accidental fire that broke out in Leepa Bazar, Azad Kashmir ostensibly due to short circuiting. The fire soon spread and engulfed entire Bazar, inflicting heavy material casualties to civil population in the area. Resultantly, 88 shops, 6 houses, 3 jeeps and motorcycles were substantially damaged. Pak Army troops along with civil administration quickly responded to the catastrophe and not only controlled the fire before dawn but also helped prevent further loss of life and property. A total of 150 soldiers participated in the relief and rescue operations.

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Pakistan’s first mini Astro turf laid in Edhi hockey stadium under patronage of Pakistan Navy. Fulfilling its commitment to support & promote sports in the country, Pakistan Navy has mounted the first mini Astro-turf of the country at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, Karachi. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah inaugurated the turf today.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said that Hockey is our national game and the presence of renowned players here reminds me of our past glory in this sport. “Pakistan Navy has always strived to promote sports and healthy activities in the country and Pakistan Navy is proud for taking initiative to lay first of its kind turf in the country”, he added. He also announced to lay one more mini astro turf at a suitable place in Karachi.

The Admiral also expressed his hope that this Mini Astro turf will facilitate in grooming the young players so as to bring back the lost laurels in the game of Hockey. He urged other stake holders and organizations to come forward and work to fortify the national sport.

Pakistan Navy, besides supervising the whole project, has also borne all the cost including its import from abroad. The facility will be used for six-a-side hockey and will go a long way in improving techniques including dribbling, dodging, stopping and goal keeping of the young players.

General Secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation, Shahbaz Senior in his address said that it was a historic day for Pakistan Hockey and its credit goes to Pakistan Navy. The Inauguration ceremony was also attended by a large number of Ex Olympians, National heroes, PHF officials and other dignitaries.

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Indian irresponsible attitude continues. Unprovoked firing at LOC in Khanjar Sec today.  Silenced through effective response by our troops.

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During a routine sanitization operation in area Luni Jungle, 8 Kilometer south of Kulachi, DIKhan ,three security forces personnel including Maj Abbas, Capatain Omer and Naik Adnan were injured in exchange of fire with terrorists. 1 terrorist affilicated with TTP (Naurang) was killed in exchange of fire. During search of area 8 suspects were apprehended.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff  visited  16 Baloch Regiment at Sialkot Cantt, where he was commissioned as 2/Lt. Both, the COAS and his father have commanded this Bn. COAS spent the day with serving and retired soldiers and war veterans of the battalion who felt proud to see their officer as COAS.

Recollecting the memories, COAS said that a unit is grooming place for soldiers as well as officers who undertake  the challenges of professional life together.

“Taking inspiration from war veterans  and their spirit of sacrifice, Pakistan Army has always measured up to the challenges and expectations of our nation” he said.

Earlier, on arrival at Sialkot COAS was received by the Corps Commander, Lt Gen Ikram Ul Haque.

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