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♦Information♦ ISPR now maintains @OfficialDGISPR as its single official account. Another @ISPR_Official earlier maintained has been merged/closed by ISPR into same. Now any other account with ISPR tag would be fake. COAS expresses his grief on sad demise of ex Air Chief, Air Marshal Asghar Khan, Retired. An iconic soldier who will be remembered for his historic contributions for laying foundations of a strong Pakistan Air Force. May Allah bless his soul-Amen. @OfficialDGISPR Assist Punjab Rangers in operations. Report suspicious activity / information related to terrorism in Punjab direct to Punjab Rangers on following.. Call: 04299220030/99221230 SMS: 03408880047 WhatsApp: 03408880100 Email: [email protected] Postal Address: Headquarters Pakistan Rangers Punjab. 33 Ghazi Road Lahore 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.
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Pakistan Rangers Punjab carried out intelligence based operation in suburbs of DG Khan. During the operation 2 terrorists of proscribed terrorist organisation were killed. Killed terrorists were involved in kidnapping and killing of security forces personnel.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Dera Murad Jamali. Weapons and ammunition including Sub Machine and light Machine Guns, rockets, mortar bombs, grenades, detonators, explosive and communication equipment recovered.

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The annual award ceremony of Pakistan Navy Logistics Command was held at PN Dockyard, Karachi , today. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff appreciated the Logistics command of Pakistan Navy for performing all the professional tasks with utmost perfection and said that despite limited resources and lack of technology the personnel of this command are giving their best. He further said that the operational readiness of PN Fleet and its participation in various exercises during 2017 speaks volume of the efforts of Pakistan Navy Logistics Command.
The Admiral said that a modern and strong Navy is not only needed to keep our homeland safe but also to ensure regional stability. To make Pakistan Navy a modern and potent deterrent, induction of new platforms in PN fleet and technical capability to maintain and upgrade them is as significant as availability of skilled and professional manpower.  The Chief Guest stated that along with modernizing PN fleet Pakistan Navy is striving to equip its human resource with best training and introduce them to emerging technology.
The Naval chief said also that skilled and proficient human resource is our asset and we are proud of our men. He expressed hope that following the golden principles of unity, faith and discipline we will take Pakistan Navy to new horizons of capability, capacity and readiness. 
Earlier in his welcome address, Commander Logistics Rear Admiral Sajid Wazir Khan highlighted salient accomplishment of the command during 2017. Later the Chief Guest gave away awards to best units and personnel for their remarkable performance and achievements.

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COAS  expresses grief on demise of eminent national scientist Dr Ashfaq  Ahmad.

COAS appreciates role and contributions of Dr Ashfaq Ahmad towards Pakistanís nuclear programme.

COAS shares grief with bereaved family with prayers for eternal peace for the departed soul.

COAS  expresses grief on demise of renowned writer, scholar and social worker Munoo Bhai.

COAS said that his contributions for Urdu literature, Journalism and social work shall be remembered.

COAS shares grief of the  bereaved family with prayers of eternal peace for the departed soul.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed death sentence of another 10 hardcore terrorists, awarded by military courts. The convicts were involved in terrorists activities, killing of innocent civilians, attacks on educational institutions, slaughtering of soldiers, attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan. In total these 10 terrorists were involved in killing of 41 personnel while injuring 33 others. Arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession. These convicts were tried by military courts. Besides these 10, another 3 convicts have been awarded imprisonment for varying period by military courts.
Details of convicts are as under:-

1. Sami ur Rahman S/O Gul Habib and Azeem Khan S/O Shaiber. The convicts were members of proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan, which resulted in death of Major Muhammad Ihsan, 9 soldiers as well as 2 police officials and injuries to 13 others. They were also found in possession of fire-arms and explosives. These convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. Both convicts were awarded death sentences.

2. Arshad Bilal S/O Khadim Khan and Anwar Ali S/O Fazal Ghaffar. The convicts were members of proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of 9 soldiers and injuries to 9 others. They were also involved in destruction of Government Boys Primary School, Langer, Swat as well as found in possession of fire-arms and explosives. These convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. Both were awarded death sentences.

3. Muhammad Aleem S/O Abdull Rasheed and Fazal Aleem S/O Abdul Rasheed. The convicts were members of proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of 4 soldiers. They were also involved in destruction of Government Boys High School, Nangolai, Swat. These convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. Both convicts were awarded death sentences.

4. Rasool Muhammad S/O Ahmed Jan. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of 4 soldiers. The convict also abetted other terrorists in slaughtering of civilian Said Raheem as well as Assistant Sub Inspector Irshad Ali, Head Constable Sarwar Ali Khan and Head Constable Sher Ahmed of police. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

5. Sohail Ahmed S/O Usman Ali. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan which resulted in death of 3 civilians, Sub Inspector Mustafa Khan, a constable of police and injuries to 4 others. He was also found in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

6. Naimat Ullah S/O Ahmed. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan, which resulted in death of 2 soldiers and injuries to 4 others. He was also found in possession of fire-arm and explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

7. Rahmat Ali S/O Noor Said. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of a soldier. He was also found in possession of fire-arms. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

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Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with Police and Intelligence Agencies carried out IBO in Lahore and DG Khan. 8 suspects terrorists including 3 unregistered Afghans apprehended with ammunition, explosive, prepared IEDs, detonators and weapons.

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India continues unprovoked cease fire violations. Targeted civil population along Working Boundary in village Kundan Pur, Chaprar, Sialkot sector overnight. 2 innocent women embraced shahadat and 5 civilian including 3 women got injured.

Pakistan Rangers Punjab effectively responded to neutralise Indian BSF posts.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Gulistan, Pishin, Kanack, Dera Bugti, Uch, Sambaza Dera Murad Jamali and Sibbi. 8 terrorists including an illegal Afghan national apprehended. Weapons and ammunition including IEDs, rockets, fuses, grenades, mortars and explosives recovered.

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General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCS Committee, attended Chiefs of Staff session of NATO Military Committee at Brussels. The meeting was attended by representatives of 66 NATO and partner nations. The committee discussed peace and security matters.

Chairman highlighted efforts and achievements of Pakistan Armed Forces in counter terrorism domain. He also informed the participants about Pakistan Armyís efforts towards regional peace by special security measures along Pak-Afg border including raising of additional FC forces and fencing.

On sidelines of the meeting CJCSC met with General Kostarakos, Chairman European Union Military Committee and military representatives from Australia, Turkey, Jordan, Canada and Germany.

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COAS reached Sri Lanka on a two days official visit on invitation from his counterpart. COAS held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chiefs of all three services. COAS was given guards of honour in all three service HQs. COAS also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff. Sri Lankan leadership expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan's unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka's successful war on terror. They also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in ongoing War on Terror. COAS highlighted that having cleared troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colours, Pakistan is now going after their disorganised residual presence under Operation Radd ul Fasaad. He said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are probably the only two countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism.

During the meetings various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defence ties between the two brotherly countries.

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4  Pakistan Army soldiers embraced shahadat along LOC in Jandrot, Kotli sector. Troops were busy in Line communication maintenance when they were fired upon and hit by heavy mortar round. Exchange of fire killed 3 Indian soldiers while few injured.

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Pakistan Navy Task Group comprising  Pakistan Navy Ships KHAIBAR and NASR during an Overseas Deployment to East African Countries & Island States of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) visited Port Louis (Mauritius). PNS KHAIBAR is a Type-21 frigate and PNS NASR is a combat support ship.

The visit of PN ships was aimed to promote peace and security in the region and also to join the commencement of 50th independence celebrations of Mauritius. The period also signifies the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of Mauritius. Due to significance of the historic occasion, Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi also joined Pakistan Navy Task Group at Mauritius.

During the visit, Commander Pakistan Fleet along with Mission Commander Cdre Javaid Iqbal and Commanding Officers of PN Ships held important meetings with political and military leadership of Mauritius and discussed matters of mutual interest and avenues for enhanced cooperation. These included call on with H.E Mrs Ameenah Gurib Fakim, President of Republic of Mauritius, H.E Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Republic of Mauritius, H.E Mrs Fazila Dawreeawoo, Vice Prime Minister of Republic of Mauritius, Mrs Roubina Jado-Jaunbocus, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development & Family Welfare, Mr Karl Mario Nobin, Police Commissioner of Mauritius and Mr Daniel Eric Clive Laurent, Lord Mayor of Port Louis.

Taking the opportunity, officers and men of PN Ships visited Mauritius Coast Guard Training Centre while Officers and men of Mauritius Coast Guard visited PN Ships to attend Maritime Interdiction Operations & Counter Piracy workshop. A reception dinner was hosted onboard PNS NASR to mark the 50th years of standing diplomatic relations between both the countries, which were established soon after gaining of independence by Democratic Republic of Mauritius. The dinner was attended by Vice President, Vice Prime Minister, former President and former Vice President of Mauritius, diplomats, Government officials, Pakistani community and other notables from civil society.

Pakistan and Mauritius enjoy cordial relations founded on the common principles of brotherhood, friendship and sovereign equality. Being littoral states of Indian Ocean Region, both countries share common maritime challenges. As an extension of Governmentís foreign policy, Pakistan Navy continues proactive endeavors to enhance maritime collaboration with the Indian Ocean littoral states and this visit was also a step in this direction.

The visit of Pakistan Navyís Senior Flag Officer and Ships will certainly strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two countries.

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There are reports of fake telephone calls being made to general public by individuals impersonating as Pakistan Armed Forces officials. The impersonators try to seek personal details like CNIC, bank accounts etc on the pretext of CENSUS verification etc. Please be aware that no such calls are being made from Pakistan Armed Forces. Public is requested not to respond to such calls, and immediately report the same on our emergency help line UAN 1135 and 1125.

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Karachi business community met Commander Karachi Corps. Hailed efforts for improved security situation facilitating business activity.

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Pakistan Navyís Coastal Command Annual Efficiency Competition Parade was held today at PNS QASIM, Manora. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

 Efficiency Competition Parade is conducted annually by Coastal Command of Pakistan Navy to mark the achievements of its operational year wherein efficiency shields are awarded to the selected units based on their achievements throughout the year.

While addressing the Officers and CPOs, Sailors, the chief guest highlighted that Coastal Command of Pakistan Navy has been entrusted with the onerous task of safeguarding the Coastal Areas from Sir Creek to Jiwani, under the challenging internal and external security situation. The Admiral further said that Pakistan Navyís Coastal Command is fully geared up for the challenges of CPEC and operationalization of Gwadar Port.

While taking stock of the overall security situation, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat highlighted that Pakistan Navy is fully aware of the external as well as internal threats the country is faced with. He said that as a result of untiring collective efforts of the nation during last many years, Pakistan has been able to eradicate the menace of terrorism to a greater extent. This effort, however, requires constant struggle and Pakistan Navy is ready to defend the motherland from all external and internal threats at all cost.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Commander Coast Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas highlighted the operational achievements of Coastal Command and presented the resume of activities undertaken during the year 2017. He said that Coastal Command besides operational activities, had actively participated in several major exercises including AMAN 2017, BURQ-VII, Tahafuz-E-Sahil, Joint Exercises with International Special Forces Difa-E-Sahil and Air Defence Guns Firing.

Later the chief guest gave away efficiency shields to the units for their overall best performance during the year 2017. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior naval officers, CPOs and sailors.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa received two telephone calls from Commander US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph L. Votel and one from a US Senator over the week to discuss Pak-US security cooperation post the President Trump tweet.

General Joseph L. Votel apprised COAS about the US decision regarding Security Assistance and Coalition Support Fund. The General said that US values Pakistanís role towards war on terror and expected that on-going turbulence remains a temporary phase. He also conveyed COAS that US is not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan but is seeking cooperation to tackle Afghan nationals who, in US view, use Pakistanís soil against Afghanistan. This view, he felt, was undermining in Washington, Pakistanís contributions in war against terrorism. COAS said that entire Pakistani nation felt betrayed over US recent statements despite decades of cooperation. Accordingly unanimous national response reflected the same sentiments.  COAS said that Pakistan shall continue its sincere counter terrorism efforts even without US financial support in accordance with our national interest and shall remain committed to bring it to its logical conclusion along with other stake holders. COAS said that Pakistan has suffered hugely due to great power contestation in the region. He said that Pakistan is fully aware of US concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation ĎRadd ul Fasaadí to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan Refugees is an essential prerequisite. Pakistan is also strengthening border controls unilaterally but if Afghanistan genuinely feels affected from Pakistan, bilateral border management must be Kabulís top priority as well. COAS reiterated that Pakistan will not seek resumption of aid but expect honourable recognition of our contributions, sacrifices and unwavering resolve in fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region. COAS further said that Pakistan will keep supporting all initiatives for peace in Afghanistan despite the tendency to scapegoat Pakistan, as peace in Afghanistan is the only way to move towards enduring peace and stability in the region.

General Joseph L. Votel acknowledged the effectiveness of some of the recent actions taken by Pakistan to ensure that Pakistanís hospitality to Afghan Refugees is not misused in anyway. General Joseph L. Votel agreed that both countries stand to gain from cooperative engagement.

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Graduation Ceremony for National Security Course 2018 was held at National Defence University, Islamabad. Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Prime Minister of Pakistan was the Chief Guest.

National Security Course was attended by selected participants from Civil Services of Pakistan, along with officers from the Armed Forces.

The main focus of course was to enable the participants to comprehend interplay of all elements of national power in the construct of ĎComprehensive National Securityí.

The Chief Guest congratulated participants on completion of course and advised them to do all what it takes to compliment the national response against the threats and challenges faced by the Country.

The Chief Guest said that state is fully aware of the challenges and determined to accomplish national objectives. The Chief Guest also appreciated the contributions of National Defence University in refining national security concepts of the participants and enabling them to acquire a better understanding of issues concerning national security.

Federal Ministers for Defence, Interior, NSA, Chairman JCS Committee, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff were also present.

Earlier, on arrival, PM was received by President NDU Lieutenant General Majid Ehsan.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Sambaza, Sibbi, Hazar Ganji areas. 16  suspects arrested including 8 illegal Afghan refugees. Weapons and ammunition including grenades, IEDs, rockets, explosive recovered.

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Pakistan Army Polo  team defeated Indian Army Polo team by 15 to 3.5 goals in a most awaited thrilling match during Armed Forces International Polo Tournament 2018 being held at Nigeria. Apart from Pakistan Egypt, India, Nigeria, Morocco and US teams are participating in the tournament.

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Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Special Service Group (SSG) Headquarters at Cherat. Upon arrival, PM laid floral wreath at the shuhada monument. PM was briefed about SSG organization, capabilities and performance. SSG demonstrated few of its skills and operational capabilities. PM also fired few of the weapons used by SSG. While addressing officers and men of SSG, PM wholeheartedly appreciated performance of the elite force and its contributions during the ongoing effort against terrorism. PM paid rich tribute to Martyrs of SSG and the armed forces whose sacrifices have returned peace in Pakistan.

Defence Minister, Commander Peshawar Corps and other senior Army officers were also present during the visit.

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Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman has assumed the Command of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency as Director General. 

The Admiral was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1988.  He has been appointed on various command appointments including Commanding Officer of a Destroyer and Commander 25th Destroyer Squardon.  During his illustrious career, he served on various staff appointments at Naval HQs and Chief of Staff to the Commander Coalition Task Force-151 at Bahrain. Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman has also served as Naval Attache at Embassy of Pakistan at Ankara, Turkey.

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Minister for Defence, Mr Khurram Dastagir Khan visited Corps Headquarters Peshawar and Khyber Agency today. Minister was briefed about security situation, ongoing operations, border security management, TDP return and development projects.

Minister interacted with officers and troops and lauded their operational preparedness, combat readiness and high morale.

Earlier, on arrival at Corps HQ, Minister laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and met Commander Peshawar Corps.

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Mr. Martin Kobler, German Ambassador to Pakistan met Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ today. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including regional peace and stability were discussed. Ambassador acknowledged Pakistan Armyís contributions towards regional peace and stability.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Dhadar and Mastung. 3 suspects apprehended. Cache of arms and ammunition including IEDs, hand grenade, detonators and communication equipment recovered.

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Pakistan Navy Task Group comprising  PNS KHAIBAR and PNS NASR visited Port Victoria, Seychelles during an Overseas Deployment to East African Countries and Island States of Indian Ocean Region. PNS KHAIBAR is a Type-21 frigate and PNS NASR is a combat support ship.

Cdre Javaid lqbal, Commander 9th Auxiliary & Mine Warfare Squadron is commanding the Pakistan Navy Task Group as Mission Commander. 

During the visit, the Mission Commander along with Commanding Officers of the Ships held meetings with military leadership of Seychelles and discussed matters of mutual interests. This included call on with Ambassador Maurice Loustau Lalanne, Minister of Tourism, Brigadier Leopold F Payet, Chief of Seychelles Peoples Defence Forces, Mr Kishnan Laborite, Commissioner of the Seychelles Police, Mr David Andre, Mayor of Victoria and Ms Sheryl Vartgadasamy, Special Advisor (Police) to Minister of Home Affairs.

Philanthropic activities like visit to St. Elizabeth Orphanage and La Retraite Elderly Home were also undertaken with donation of gifts. Officers and men of both the ships also visited Regional Coordination Operations Centre (RCOC) and discussed the importance of information sharing in maritime domain.

Naval forces, as extension of Government's foreign policy, have historically contributed to strengthen the bonds of friendship between nations through such goodwill visits. Cognizant of this fact, Pakistan Navy has always endeavoured to enhance collaboration with friendly countries. The visit of PN Task Group was aimed to promote peace and security in the region, enhance maritime collaboration and open new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the friendly countries.

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ISPR now maintains @OfficialDGISPR as its single official account. Another @ISPR_Official earlier maintained has been merged/closed by ISPR into same. Now any other account with ISPR tag would be fake.

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FC Balochistan foiled major terrorist activity. Through an IBO in Mastung based on lead from apprehended suspects recovered cache of arms, ammunition and explosive including sniper rifles, grenade and IEDs hidden in caves  for a major terrorist activity.

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High Commissioner of Nigeria called on Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at NHQ

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COAS expresses his grief on sad demise of ex Air Chief, Air Marshal Asghar Khan, Retired. An iconic soldier who will be remembered for his historic contributions for laying foundations of a strong Pakistan Air Force. May Allah bless his soul. Amen.

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Chairman JCS Committee, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff expressed grief on sad  demise of ex Air Chief, Air Marshall Asghar Khan. His services for Pakistan Air Force shall be long remembered.

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FC Balochistan has increased IBOs in support of Khushal Balochistan program. Conducted IBOs in Sui, Muslim Bagh, Barkhan, Sambaza, Mekhtar/Loralai and Mastung areas. Suspects including illegal Afghan nationals apprehended. Cache of arms, ammunition and explosive including  Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) recovered.

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H.E. Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of China, called on Chairman JCS Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Matters related to changing geostrategic environment were discussed.

The Ambassador applauded the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and acknowledged sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism.

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Japanís Foreign Minister, Mr Taro Kono called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ. The visiting dignitary was presented guard of honour and he laid floral wreath at Shuhada monument. The foreign minister was given briefing on Pakistanís War on Terror and contributions towards regional peace. Japanese Foreign Minister appreciated and acknowledged Pakistanís efforts towards regional peace and stability. The Foreign Minister said that Japan looks forward to enhance its security cooperation with Pakistan especially in the field of counter terrorism. Foreign Minister also informed about Japanese assistance for rehabilitation of TDPs and provision of scanning equipment for border crossing points.

COAS thanked Foreign Minister  for his visit, acknowledgment of Pakistanís efforts towards regional peace and assistance in counter terrorism domain.

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Indian Army committed unprovoked CFV along working boundary in Zafarwal sector. Targeted innocent civilians. Three injured. Response targeted Indian post. One Indian soldier killed two injured. Post neutralised.

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Terrorist Zahir Shah and his one accomplice of banned TTP involved in attack on Maj Ishaq killed by security forces through an IBO in Kulachi, DIK. Four other terrorists arrested. Terrorists were again on the mission of planting IED in the area. Forces were tracing the attackers based on intelligence lead and successfully found them.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Zhob, Sibbi, Dera Murad Jamali, Mach and Killi Ismail. 15 suspects including 8 terrorists involved in attack on police apprehended.

70 kg explosive, weapons, ammunition and communication equipment recovered.

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Pakistan Navy Flotilla comprising Submarine HURMAT alongwith sail ship PNS RAHNAWARD and support ship PNS RASADGAR visited Muscat for good will cum training visit. Commander Submarines, Commodore Altaf Hussain commanded the flotilla as Mission Commander.

On arrival at port Sultan Qaboos, the ships were given a warm welcome by Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). During the visit, Mission Commander and Commanding Officers of PN ships and submarine held important meetings with various RNO officials. A large number of RNO personnel, Pakistani expatriates in Oman, military/ naval attaches and officers from Sultan Armed Forces visited PN units.

The visit was aimed at improving interoperability and strengthening of bilateral ties between the two navies and creating opportunities for learning from each other's experiences. The visit afforded crews of visiting ships to hold professional interactions with the personnel of Royal Navy of Oman.

On completion of port visit, while leaving Port Sultan Qaboos, PN sail ship RAHNAWARD sailed together with RNO sail ship SHABAB OMAN-II. Both ships also exchanged crew members on this occasion for sharing of experiences in the art of sailing.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited North Waziristan Agency (NWA). COAS laid wreath at Shuhada monument Miran Shah. General Officer Commanding Miranshah gave detailed briefing about security situation, rehabilitation of TDPs and progress on socio-economic development projects in the Agency. COAS also visited newly constructed border forts  and fencing along Pak-Afghan border. COAS appreciated efforts of the formation for speedy and quality work for border security measures. 

Lieutenant General Nazir  Ahmed Butt, Commander Peshawar Corps was present during the visit.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited home of Muhammad Ali Khan at Gharh Khel, Karak. Mr Ali has 8 sons; three of them Lance Naik Khurshid FC KP, Naib Subedar Umer Daraz FC KP and Havaldar Sher Daraz Pak Army have laid their lives for motherland in various operations. Three are presently serving in FC KP and Pak Army while two live with them at home. Besides his own sons, his two nephews Sepoy Hazrat Ali and Sepoy Lal Marjan both Army Soldiers have also sacrificed their lives for the country while four nephews are presently serving in Army. COAS paid rich tributes to the proud family for their great sacrifices and said that till the times we have such great parents and such brave sons no threat can deter Pakistan. COAS said that no amount of care can return the value of their patriotism and sacrifices which is leading us to a peaceful and stable Pakistan.

Muhammad Ali Khan and his family thanked COAS for visiting the family and announcing special welfare package (in addition to the martyrdom entitlement) for them and the village.

Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt was also present during the visit.

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In an impressive fire power display, Live Weapon Firing was conducted by Pakistan Navy's newly commissioned Fast Attack Craft (Missile), PNS HIMMAT in the North Arabian Sea. PNS HIMMAT fired indigenously developed Harbah Naval Cruise Missile, which is a Surface to Surface anti-ship missile with Land Attack capability. The missile accurately hit its target signifying the impressive capabilities of Harbah Naval Weapon System.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the firing onboard Pakistan Navy Ship ALAMGIR.

The successful live weapon firing has once again demonstrated the credible fire power of Pakistan Navy and the impeccable level of indigenization in high tech weaponry achieved by Pakistan's defence industry. This is a clear manifestation of Government's resolve to achieve self reliance in this field.

On this occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff expressed his utmost satisfaction on the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy Fleet units and commended the efforts of all those involved in achieving this significant milestone successfully. He emphasized the need to capitalize on indigenous defence capabilities and reduce reliance on foreign countries. Chief of the Naval Staff reaffirmed the resolve of Pakistan Navy to ensure seaward defence of Pakistan and safeguard national maritime interests at all costs. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also appreciated the efforts made by our Engineers and Researchers in making Harbah Naval Weapon System project a success.

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207th Corps Commanders' Conference was held at GHQ today presided by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Evolving geo-strategic environment and internal security situation reviewed. Forum also discussed input for NSC meeting scheduled later today.

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Commodore Abdul Basit Butt has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral with immediate effect.

Rear Admiral Abdul Basit Butt was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1989.  During his illustrious career, he has served on various Command and Staff appointments. His important Command appointments include Commanding Officer 28 Aviation Squadron and Commander Naval Aviation.  Whereas, his distinguished Staff appointments include Director Naval Training, Director Naval Operational Plans, Sector Commander Naval Intelligence (South) and Naval Secretary at Naval Headquarters.  Presently, Rear Admiral Abdul Basit Butt is serving as Director General Naval Intelligence.

He is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College, National Defence University Islamabad and Turkish Armed Forces War College, Turkey.

In recognition of his meritorious services, Rear Admiral Abdul Basit Butt has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military).

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited  family of Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed  Shaheed at Lahore. 21 years aged Second Lieutenant Moeed laid his life for motherland at NWA on 11 Dec. COAS acknowledged courage and determination of the family and great sacrifice by son of the soil. 
Commander Lahore Corps was also present.

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Namaz e Janaza of Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne, (Retired), former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee was held at Lahore Garrison today. Chairman JCS Committee, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Corps Commander Lahore, Lt Gen Aamer Riaz and large number of civil & military personnel including senior retd Army offrs attended the funeral. Later the deceased General was buried at Lahore with full military honor.

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