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Terrorists fired on army vehicle  from surrounding mountains in North Waziristan Agency. Resultantly an officer 2nd Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat embraced Shahadat. Lt Abdul Moeed 21 years old recently passed out from PMA is resident of Burewala, Vehari. Sep Basharat, 21 years old having 3 years military service resident of village Danyor, Gilgit.

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Mr  Walid A.M. Abu Ali, Ambassador of the State of Palestine called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ, today.

Ambassador thanked COAS for Pakistan’s support to the Palestinian cause. COAS reassured the ambassador that Pakistan views the unresolved Palestine issue at par with the Kashmir issue. He said that both issues have unequivocal public, moral and political support of the Pakistani nation and we will continue to support the principled stance on both regardless of the so called reality of occupation.

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Mr. Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aeysh, Deputy Defence Minister Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, today.  

Matters of regional security and enhanced bilateral defence cooperation were discussed. Deputy Defence Minister appreciated professional standing and performance of Pakistan Army.

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Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz visited Special Children School of Headquarters Pakistan Rangers on the eve of International Disability Day. Dignitaries / famous personalities from all walks of life attended the Function. Students performed various segments including Songs, Folk Dances, Tableau and Skits. Commander appreciated and admired their motivation and resilience. Commander also distributed prizes among the children.

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Mr. David Hale, US Ambassador to Pakistan met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ, today. Matters of mutual interest including regional security issues were discussed during the meeting.

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In Balochistan FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Rustam Darbar, Dera Bugti and Killi Deba areas. 6 terrorists of TTP apprehended. Recovered explosives, arms and ammunition including anti personal mines, detonators, communications equipment.

In Punjab Pakistan Rangers Punjab with Police and Intelligence Agencies conducted IBOs  in Attock, Rawalpindi and Sargodha. 12 terrorist facilitators were apprehended. Number of illegal weapons / ammunition recovered.

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Commander Lahore Corps  Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz visited Headquarters Pakistan Rangers Punjab. Commander was briefed on aspects related to operational readiness, Indian CFVs / response by Rangers  along WB and progress of Operation Radd ul Fasaad.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has proceeded Turkey on an official visit.  During the visit, the Naval Chief has scheduled visits of Turkish Naval Installations and various calls on/ meetings with Turkish higher echelons including Commander Turkish Naval Forces.
 
It is expected that the visit of the Naval Chief will further enhance and expand Naval collaboration and defence ties between the two countries in general and Navies in particular.

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Indian Army committed unprovoked Cease Fire Violation in Chaffar village Chirikot sector on a funeral. Two civilians embraced Shahadat while a lady got injured. Pakistan Army responded in a professional manner against Indian posts. Post destroyed. 1 Indian soldier killed 4-5 injured.

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Security Forces carried out search operations in Village Shashi Khel (North Wazirstan Agency) and in area Kanda Garhi (Lower Orakzai ). Recovered cache of weapons and ammunition hidden by terrorists including 12.7 mm Gun, SMGs , Missiles, 82 mm Mortar rounds, grenades, ammunition of various calibre and explosive.

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Pakistan Rangers Punjab alongwith other law enforcement agencies carried out IBOs in Islamabad, Lahore, Sargodha and Bahawalpur. 18 terrorists facilitators and smugglers were apprehended and cache of illegal weapons / ammunition including sub machine guns, pistols, repeaters and drugs recovered.

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Pakistan Navy handed over the Command of the Multinational Combined Task Force (CTF-150) to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in an impressive Change of Command ceremony held at Headquarters Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) at Bahrain. Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi of the Pakistan Navy handed over the Command of CTF-150 to Commodore Malcom KM Wise OAM of the Royal Australian Navy.

The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral John Aquilino, USN, Commander US Fifth Fleet and Commander Combined Maritime Forces. Distinguished civilians and military officials from coalition countries were also present in the ceremony.

At the outset of the ceremony, Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi, the outgoing Commander CTF-150, presented resume of CTF-150 accomplishments under his tenure. He highlighted that the threat of terrorism transcends national boundaries and requires combined response from stakeholders. Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) has proven that it provides a framework to ensure global and regional maritime security while acknowledging the individual concerns and sensitivities of member countries. Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi added that the unity and the willingness of the nations is the real strength of the coalition and this provides the Commanders of the CTFs a unique opportunity to command a rainbow of sea platforms and staff.

The relinquishing Commander CTF-150 also thanked the Navies of Australia, France, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Korea, UK, and USA for contributing ships and aircraft to the Task Force during Pakistan Navy's Command tenure. He reiterated that Pakistan Navy would continue to work with International Navies to promote global peace and security.

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Security Forces carried out  search operation in  area Nagrosa Alged Near Village Sheikhan  (Khyber Agency). During search, four caves, three compounds and an abandoned IED  making factory cleared. Cache of weapons and ammunition  hidden by terrorists also recovered including
IEDs, grenades,   
various types ammunition, explosives and accessories used for IED making.

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A seminar on “Human Resource Development for the youth of Balochistan – Opportunities and Challenges” was held at Quetta today. Renowned speakers from academia/civil society, media and politicians addressed large number of audiences including youth from Balochistan. COAS was the key note speaker.

In his address COAS mentioned that presently over 25,000 Baloch students are receiving quality education at various Army and FC-run schools / cadet colleges all over Pakistan. Nearly 20,000 sons of Balochistan are serving in Army including over 600 as officers while 232 cadets are undergoing training at PMA, Kakul.  He said that so much was only the representation in Pak Army and the number gets even higher when we take into account Baloch youth in Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and other Law Enforcement Agencies. COAS said that our future is bright and our youth is fully capable of taking on the mantle. Balochi youth is as capable as youth of any area of Pakistan. COAS said that we have enough resources we just need to improve our human resource. The civil service needs to be made attractive so that the top talent comes to civil service. It is the backbone of any country.

COAS also announced establishment of MRI center at Turbat while expediting establishment of already announced educational institutions.

COAS said that Army is a state institution meant to serve the nation. Army shall continue to perform its role while national security and development remains a national obligation for all state institutions. He also said that he believes in democracy and even more so in the democratic values of selfless service and supremacy of moral authority. All of us have a duty to the nation.

COAS concluded that tomorrow’s Balochistan will be engine of national development effort and invaluable link from north to south and also to west.

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Security forces conducted a special IBO in Jahan Abad, Swat. Two wanted terrorists Asad alias Anus and Wahab were killed. Both were being traced for their previous involvement for terrorist activities in Malakand Division. Agencies got accurate intelligence about their crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat Valley for a possible terrorist activity. Due to effective security in place both were traced in the hide out and killed during encounter. Two facilitators of the killed terrorists have been apprehended.

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Lieutenant General Muhammad Jawad Khadum Al-Abadi, General Secretary Iraqi Ministry of Defence called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ, today.

​Matters of professional interest and regional security situation were discussed during the meeting.

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The launching ceremony of 600 Tons Maritime Patrol Vessel being built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) ,today. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

The 600 Tons Maritime Patrol Vessel is a state of the art, multi-mission vessel with steel hull and aluminium super structure having length of 68.5 m, breadth of 8.7 m and can achieve a top speed of 27 knots.  The ship is fully equipped to enforce maritime security, search and rescue missions in maritime exclusive economic zone of Pakistan and is being built with technical collaboration of China Shipbuilding & Trading Company (CSTC).

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi congratulated Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, CSTC (China) and PMSA on achieving this important milestone and said that it is yet another land mark project that speaks volumes of the evergreen friendship between China and Pakistan. He added that responsibilities of Pakistan Navy and especially PMSA have increased manifolds after start of CPEC and extension in EEZ. While highlighting the significance of CPEC, the admiral said that CPEC will transform Pakistan into a regional economic hub. If we capitalize on just 10 percent of China’s external trade, it will be about five times the current volume of trade that we are carrying through our port. He further said that Maritime sector alone has the potential to double or even triple our GDP. He urged different strata of society to render their support in the development of the ship building and maritime sector.

Earlier, MD KS&EW Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah in his welcome address said that this MPV is part of contract between Ministry of Defence Production and CSTC (China) for construction of 6 MPVs for PMSA and these MPVs will act as a force multiplier for PMSA in safeguarding maritime frontiers of Pakistan together with Pakistan Navy. He also apprised about other ongoing projects at KS&EW including 1500 Tons MPV, 32 Tons Bollard Pull Tugs and Fast Attack Craft (Missile)-4 .  Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir also thanked Government of Pakistan and Pakistan Navy for entrusting KS&EW with mega project of construction of four submarines and informed that preparations for the project are in full swing to start it as per scheduled time.

The launching ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from Government of Pakistan, Pakistan Navy, China Shipbuilding & Trading Company and KS&EW.

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206th Corps Commanders' Conference was held at GHQ today chaired by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

COAS took the forum on board about his military diplomacy through his recent visits aboard and interaction with foreign dignitaries visiting Pakistan. Forum also discussed regional and internal security situation with specific reference to Afghanistan. The forum concluded to continue efforts towards internal enduring peace while contributing towards peace in Afghanistan and the region. Progress of Operation Radd ul Fasaad, enhanced security measures along Pak-Afghan border and recently initiated ‘Khushal Balochistan’ program aimed at stability of Balochistan through socio-economic development and security was also deliberated upon.

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A delegation comprising members of Standing Committee on Defence from both houses of the Parliament visited Chakothi and Nezapir sectors of Line of Control (LOC) today. The delegation was briefed about situation along the LOC, Cease Fire Violations by Indian Army and resultant loss of innocent civilian lives and damage to infrastructure. The delegates also visited Trade Facilitation Centre.

The delegation condemned Indian provocative CFVs and appropriated professional and befitting response by Pakistan Army while also protecting the local population.

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In an  IBO, FC Balochistan and Intelligence agencies recovered cache of arms and ammunition from Chaman. Recovered items include rifles, rockets,, ammunition, explosives and accessories of various types.

In South Wazirastan and Bajour agencies also Security Forces recovered rockets, IEDs, communication equipment and ammunition of various types.

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General James Mattis, US Secretary of Defence called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ today.

Meeting was focused on regional security with particular emphasis on Afghanistan as well as other matters of mutual interest. COAS acknowledged history of US engagements with Pakistan especially the ongoing efforts for continuing the positivity for peace in the region. He said that Pakistan has done much more than its due share despite capacity constraints but shall remain committed for peace as a responsible member of international community. He reiterated Pakistan's support to peace and stability in the region and highlighted Pakistan's concerns emanating from Indian use of Afghan soil, the necessity and right of Afghan refugees for a respectable & early repatriation and the existence of terrorist safe havens across the border in Afghanistan.

Gen Mattis expressed his respect for Pakistan Armed Forces and the effective operations undertaken against terrorists. He highlighted concern that a few elements continue to use Pakistan's territory to further their terrorist agenda in Afghanistan. He assured that US is ready to play its role in addressing Pakistan's legitimate concerns, saying that his aim is not to make demands but find common grounds to work together.

COAS appreciated the dignitary's understanding of the underlying issues and said that Pakistan does not require anything from US but understanding. We have eliminated safe havens from Pakistan's soil but are prepared to look into the possibility of miscreants exploiting Pakistan's hospitality to the Afghan Refugees to the detriment of our Afghan brothers.

Both agreed to work towards specific and sustained actions on each other's concerns.

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FC Balochistan, intelligence Agencies and levies conducted IBOs / search ops in various parts of Balochistan. 11 terrorists of proscribed BRA arrested from Sanni Shoran/ South of Sibbi. Cache of arms and ammunition recovered through an IBOs in Ilyasi Nullah/ Dera Bugti and Dukki. In another IBO in Qila Saifullah four IEDs were also recovered and diffused.

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Pak-Saudia Special Forces joint counter terrorism exercise ‘Al-Shehab-2’ is under way at Prince Naif Security City, Riadh.
The two weeks long exercise started on 25 November and will continue till 10 December.  “ Al-Shehab 1” was held last year in Pakistan. Pakistani contingent comprising of 68 officers and soldiers of special services group (SSG) is participating in this exercise.
The Pak-Saudia joint exercise will help participating troops from both sides to learn from each other’s experiences in the counterterrorism field and strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two forces and the countries.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the family of Major Muhammad Ishaq  Shaheed at Lahore and offered Fateha.

COAS said that, "the supreme sacrifices rendered by our Officers and Jawans in the line of duty have strengthened our national will and determination that we cannot be deterred by cowardly acts of terrorists who shall be defeated no matter what the cost.”

Commander Lahore Corps Lt Gen Aamer Riaz was also present.

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Terrorists attack Agricultural University Directorate Peshawar. Army troops reached site. Terrorists cordoned inside. Exchange of fire in progress.
One out of 3-4 terrorists killed.
Army aviation doing air surveillance of area.
Eight students evacuated from hostel.

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Pakistan Navy celebrated 27th Raising Day of Pak Marines at Karachi. The event was marked with various ceremonies and activities of Pak Marines conducted at HQ Pak Marines, Manora. Commander Coast, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas was the Chief Guest of the main ceremony of the occasion.
The impressive ceremony of Raising Day was reminiscent of valiant and gallantry acts of Pak Marines and sacrifices of the martyrs were paid tributes by the officers and sailors. The families of the troops and the notables from different segments of the society also attended the ceremony. The role of CPOs/Sailors of Pak Marines was also acknowledged for motivation and encouragement to serve the motherland and safeguard its sovereignty.
Sentinels of the Creeks along South Eastern coast and custodians of ground based Air Defence of important Naval and Maritime infrastructure; Pak Marines were raised / founded in 1990 and have carried out multiple operations and tasks of national importance since then. To prove equal to the tasks assigned and cope with emerging challenging situations, various offshoots of Pak Marines were raised over the period of time. In 1999, Creeks battalion was established and to further augment their strength, an Air Defence battalion was also instituted in 2005. Subsequently, for security of the CPEC another Battalion namely 3rd Force protection was established in 2012, whereas in Dec 2016 a special 'Task Force-88' (TF-88) was established for maritime security of Gwadar port and protection of associated sea lanes against both conventional as well as non-traditional threats and 3rd marines battalion was made part of TF-88.
At present, Pak Marines is a potent force of Pakistan Navy which is also capable of amphibious warfare, boarding operations, search and rescue operations and anti terrorism operations in addition to its primary responsibility of security of PN installations.

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Pakistan Navy Ships RAHNAWARD (Tall Training Ship) and DEHSHAT (Fast Attack Craft-Missile) visited Iranian port of Bandar Abbas from 20 - 24 November 2017. The Port Call elicited a warm response and cordial hospitality by both the Iranian Navy and Government. Captain Khalid Pervez, Commander 10th Patrol Craft Squadron, commanded PN Task Group as Mission Commander. The visit was aimed to promote peace and' security in the region, enhance maritime collaboration and open new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly regional navies.

During the visit, PN delegation held many important meetings with naval cum military leadership of Iran on matters of mutual interest including calls on to Cdre Hossain Azad (Cdr 1st Naval Zone of IRIN), Capt Mustafa Tajdeeni (Cdr Surface Forces of IRIN), Mr Fereidon (Governor of Hormuzgan Province) and Ayatollah Ghulam Ali Naeemabadi (Representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenai). A reception dinner was also hosted during the visit by Mission Cdr onboard PNS RAH NAWARD which was attended by HE Mr Asif Durrani, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, senior Iranian military and civil officials along with military attaches from China, Poland, Germany and Japan.

The visit of PN flotilla to Iran, which is second within a span of one year, amply demonstrates strengthening of cordial relations between Pakistan and Iran based on mutual respect, shared history and culture. Current visit of PN Ships RAHNAWARD and DEHSHAT to neighboring country Iran has further extended a message of peace and brotherhood, besides a manifestation to explore new vistas to expand bilateral maritime collaboration.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Pak-Afghan Border in Bajour Agency today. COAS was given detailed briefing regarding ongoing efforts to effectively check terrorist infiltration routes from across the border, progress on fencing, construction of new forts / posts along the border and development of new tracks to facilitate local public.

While interacting with troops, COAS appreciated their high morale and effective border security which resulted in denying maximum cross border attack attempts by terrorists.

Later, COAS met Ulema of FATA / KPK at Peshawar. COAS lauded their support in fight against  terrorism and acknowledged their contributions for peace and harmony. Ulema unanimously condemned terrorism and pledged their continued support to efforts of security forces for bringing peace and stability.

COAS said that Pakistan belongs to all Pakistanis without any religious, provincial, tribal, linguistic, ethnic, sectarian  or any other identity .
Commander Peshawar Corps was also present.

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COAS shaking hand with an officer during his visit to Pak -Afghan border in Bajur Agency

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To commemorate the academic accomplishments of students, 29th Convocation of the Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC), a constituent college of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was held on 29 November 2017 at Bahria Auditorium Karachi. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff was the Chief Guest while Lt General (Retd) Naweed Zaman, Rector NUST and Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar, Commander Karachi graced the occasion and conferred degrees to the graduating students.

In total 342 graduates were awarded degrees including 06 PhD, 37 Masters and 299 received bachelor degrees in the disciplines of Engineering and Management Information Systems. To acknowledge the outstanding academic performance of students in various disciplines, the Chief Guest awarded 26 medals to the position holders to include 10 President Gold Medals, 03 Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medals, 07 Chancellors Silver Medals and 06 Rector Gold Medals.

While speaking to the students at the occasion, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff, Congratulated the students and their parents on their success and stated that award of degree is the first step towards lifelong learning. He further stated that the Defence sector in general and Navies in particular are becoming increasingly technology intensive. Pakistan Navy is keeping pace with the new dictates by undertaking development projects for enhancing the operational capabilities of naval platforms and equipment. Particular emphasis is being accorded to indigenous development, where the future engineers have the foremost role to play.

The Naval Chief appreciated the role of Pakistan Navy and NUST for contributing in promoting education in the country. He also praised the participation of PNEC students in reflecting softer and progressive image of Pakistan at international level through participation in international events, Students Exchange Program and research & development.

Earlier in his welcome address, R/Admiral Imran Ahmad, Commandant PNEC welcomed and thanked Chief of the Naval Staff. He highlighted that PNEC has its graduates spread across the globe and in top organizations of the world. 90 percent of PNEC graduates are hired for employment within six months of graduation. PNEC will sign two MoUs with Chinese Universities in near future which will further open doors for students. In order to enhance intellectual and analytical abilities, the students are provided different forums to share and express their potential. PNEC has established strong linkages with more than 50 renowned national and international industries. Students get hands-on experiences through internship programs and industrial visits. In 2017, Team PNEC participated in two international competitions and won the awards. He advised graduates to have faith in their capabilities and follow the core values of Faith, Integrity, Courage and Duty in their professional and personal pursuits.

Rector NUST apprised that NUST is making all out efforts to provide best engineering education to its students in multiple disciplines to meet country’s requirements. Due to excellence in education achieved in relatively short span of time, QS world university ranking has placed NUST on 437th position among 500 top world universities. NUST has been ranked # 1 university in HEC ranking since 2015. According to BRICS ranking NUST is on 159th rank among top universities in Asia. He stressed upon the graduates to put in their best in their future pursuits and contribute towards national development and projecting soft image of Pakistan.

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Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Khamis Al Raisi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCS  Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Matters of mutual interest including geo-strategic environment, maritime safety and cooperation were discussed.

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Inter University T-20 Cricket Tournament organized under arrangements Army concluded today.

Al Hamd Islamic University won the tournament by beating Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS) in final played at Bolan Cricket Stadium, Quetta.

Commander Southern Command gave away the prizes.  Provincial Sports Minister Mir Mujeeb Ur Rehman Hasni, Vice Chancellors of all the universities of Balochistan, senior Army and Civil Officers and large number of students witnessed the match.

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Mr Sadik Babur Girgin, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to bid farewell at the end of his tenure in Pakistan.

Matters of mutual interest including regional security issues were discussed during the meeting. The two noted the exceptional mutual relations between the brotherly Nations and pledged to further improve the same.

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FATA Youth delegation from all 7 agencies of FATA  visited ISPR. The delegation acknowledged Pakistan Army for their efforts and sacrifices for bringing back peace in FATA. The delegation conveyed their feelings for future of FATA. DG ISPR thanked the delegation for support by the brave Pakistanis of FATA and conveyed them assurance on behalf of COAS that achievements gained through great sacrifices made by  people of FATA and the security forces shall not go waste. Our efforts are now to move from relative peace to enduring peace & stability and for this Army shall continue to play its role in support of state institutions in line with aspirations of the people of FATA.

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FC Balochistan  conducted IBOs in Dera Bugti, Uch,  Gulistan and Dera Murad Jamali.  During these operations 2  terrorists from proscribed organisation apprehended. 46 kg explosive, IEDs, Grenades and ammunition recovered. In another search operation a prepared Motor Cycle IED also recovered and Neutralised at Dera Murad Jamali.

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Corps commander Lahore Lt General Aamer Riaz visited family of Major Muhammad Ishaq  Shaheed and offered Fatiha. The Corps Comd acknowledged supreme sacrifice of Officer and his family.

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General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCS Committee, is on official visit to Azerbaijan. Chairman had interaction with Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and Chief of State Border Services (SBS). Matters related to security & defence cooperation between the two countries were discussed. Chairman also visited  Command and Control Centre at Ministry of Defence.

Both sides assured full support to each other’s stance on the issues of Kashmir and Nagorno – Karabakh and reiterated the resolve for peaceful resolution of the issues in accordance with UN Resolutions.

Chairman also delivered a lecture on “Hybrid Wars and Challenges of 21st Century Warfare” at Military College of Armed Forces Baku.

Earlier upon arrival at Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence, was presented Guard of Honour.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Headquarters Southern Command, Quetta in connection with execution of ‘Khush Hal Balochistan’ (KHB) initiative. COAS and CM Balochistan were briefed in details about socio-economic and Security environment and plan for execution of KHB. Provincial administration and military commanders were also present. Plan was discussed in details. Few aspects required further deliberation at staff level which will be finalized accordingly in next few days. All aspects in security domain were approved by the COAS. Details of complete KHB initiative will be shared soon.

COAS said that Army shall provide full support to Federal and Provincial govts for success of KHB program. He said that the program in fact is ‘Khush Hal Balochistan- Khush Hal Pakistan’.

CM Balochistan appreciated contributions of Security apparatus for improving stability in the Province and support for execution of KHB plan.

Earlier, upon arrival, COAS was received by Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa.

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A Pakistani Dhow (fishing boat) named AL SHAHSAR while operating 280 miles off Gwadar requested immediate/ emergency medical assistance from Pakistan Navy through Joint Maritime Information & Coordination Centre (JMICC). The boat had seventeen fishermen onboard.

Pakistan Navy promptly responded to the call for help by immediately tasking Pakistan Navy Ship ALAMGIR for provision of medical assistance.  Resultantly, PNS ALAMGIR approached the fishing boat AL SHAHSAR and rendered medical assistance to injured fishermen, one of them with severely broken/ fractured ankle. The health state of other fishermen was also ascertained and necessary medical assistance was provided.

Crew members of AL SHAHSAR appreciated the swift response and provision of medical assistance which was in line with the finest traditions of Pakistan Navy.

Naval forces, owing to their inherent attributes of rapid mobilization, reach and endurance coupled with their sealift capability are extremely useful in the humanitarian assistance.  Pakistan Navy maintains a high degree of readiness, both in peace and war, to undertake a range of military, constabulary, diplomatic and benign operations.

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A Pakistan Navy Doctor is providing medical assistance to an injured fisherman of AL SHAHSAR fishing Boat operating 280 miles off Gwadar

Medical assistance is being provided by PN Medical technicians to an injured fisherman of AL SHAHSAR  fishing Boat operating 280 miles off Gwadar

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Security Forces conducted search Operation in Kulachi, DI Khan on presence of terrorists in a hide out. In exchange of fire Major Ishaq embraced shahadat.

28 years old Shaheed belongs to Khushab. Leaves behind a widow and an year old son. Janaza held at DIK. COAS and other officials attended.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Dera Ismail Khan today to attend Janaza of Shaheed Maj Ishaq. He paid rich tribute to Shaheed and his family for their supreme sacrifice.

Later, COAS visited Corps of Military Police Training Centre and installed Lieutenant General Anwar Ali Hyder, Adjutant General of Pakistan Army as Colonel Commandant of Corps of Military Police.

COAS also visited  Headquarters Frontier Corps KPK (South) and Defence Services Guard (DSG) Centre. COAS was briefed about operational preparedness of the FC, progress of ongoing operations, FC capacity building and training/ administration of DSG.

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Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem and two Commodores, namely Cdre Naveed Ashraf and Cdre Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami have been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral  and Rear Admirals respectively, with immediate effect.

Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1984. The Admiral has distinguished career with wide ranging Command and Staff experience. His important Command appointments include Commanding Officer of Missile Boat and Destroyer, Commander Combined Task Force-151 at HQ NAVCENT Bahrain, Commandant PNS BAHADUR, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron, Commandant PN War College Lahore and Flag Officer Sea Training. His last appointment was Commander Coast.

His important Staff appointments include Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff, Chief Inspector (Navy) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Projects) at Naval Headquarters. The Admiral is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College, National Defence University Islamabad and US Naval War College. In recognition of his meritorious services, Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). The Admiral is presently performing the duties of Chief of Staff (Personnel) at Naval Headquarters Islamabad.

Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1989. During his distinguished career, he has served on various Command and Staff appointments. His important Command appointments include Commanding Officer of three Destroyers, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy and Commander 18th Destroyer Squadron. His Staff appointments include, Chief Staff Officer to Commander Combined Task Force–150 HQ NAVCENT, Bahrain and Captain Training (Surface Wing) at HQ FOST. Presently, Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf is Commanding 25th Destroyer Squadron of PN Fleet. He is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College, National Defence University Islamabad and Naval Staff College USA. In addition, he has also done Royal College of Defence Studies Course from UK.  In recognition of his meritorious services, Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf has been decorated with Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Basalat.

Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1989 after completing initial training at Pakistan Naval Academy and Britannia Royal Naval College, Darthmouth, UK. A Navigation specialist and Principal Warfare Officer, he has served on various Command and Staff appointments. His important Command appointment includes Commanding Officer of Type-21 Ship. Whereas, his distinguished staff appointments include Director Naval Developmental Plans, Director Naval Operations, Directing Staff at NDU, Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operational Plans).  Presently, Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami is serving as Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff. He is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College, National Defence University Islamabad, Naval Command & General Staff College, Philippines and Royal College of Defence Studies UK. In recognition of his meritorious services, Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military).

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