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Indian brutality takes life of an eight year old boy Ayan of Jajot village along LOC. Use of Pellet guns in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and blatant targeting of innocent unarmed civilians across LOC exposes true Indian face. COAS condoles loss of precious lives in tragic Iranian plane crash. Shares grief of bereaved families and brotherly Iranian nation. Indian Army post on LOC targeting innocent citizens destroyed by Pak Army troops in Tatta Pani (Hot Spring) sector. Five Indian soldiers killed, many injured. Indian terrorism against innocent citizens shall be responded befittingly. @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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Indian army continuing terrorising civil population along LOC. An innocent young boy Inzamam s/o M Amin aged 19 embraced shahadat due to Indian unprovoked and targeted firing . Shaheed Inzamam, resident of village Tetrinote, was carrying out routine work at a crush plant at Poonch river bank. Pakistan Army troops target Indian army post which initiated fire on civil population.

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Defence Attaches of US, UK, France, China, Turkey and Indonesia visited Line of Control in Rawalakot Sector of AJ&K. Defence Attaches were briefed about Indian atrocities along Line of Control and deliberate targeting of civilians by Indian Army. Defence Attaches interacted with CFV victims and gained first hand knowledge about their sufferings. Dignitaries were also apprised about activities undertaken by Pak Army to provide relief to population of AJ&K.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) presented Academic Excellence Awards to the students of Army Public Schools and College System (APSACS) who distinguished themselves in SSC and HSSC Exams of Federal Board.

COAS congratulated successful students, their parents and faculty for achieving excellent results. He said our younger generation is our asset and we are proud of their achievement.

Reaffirming commitment to education, he said, we will do our best to provide whole hearted support towards improvement of education in the country.

A large number of students, parents of students, faculty and staff of APSACS Secretariat attended the ceremony.

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Mr Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa today at GHQ.

The two discussed matters of mutual interest particularly situation on Line of Control (LOC). There was agreement to continue policy of restraint on Indian provocations as on both sides, it is Kashmiris who suffer from escalation.

President appreciated the Army’s contribution towards security and development in AJ&K.

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Passing out Parade of Pakistan Rangers Punjab Anti Terrorist / Commando Course Serial-26 was held at Rangers Battle School, Rakhtera today. Commander Lahore Corps, Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz was the Chief Guest. Corps Commander appreciated level of training, agility and quick response in handling crisis situation by trainees. The Chief guest awarded prizes to high achievers during the course and praised training standards imparted to passing out trainees.

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A group of Students and faculty members from different educational institutes spent a day with Army at Panu Aqil Garrison. The event was aimed at familiarising students about functioning of Pakistan Army and its capabilities.  The participants witnessed arms and equipment display, live firing and a demonstration on action by quick reaction force.

Major General Zafar Ullah Khan, General officer commanding (GOC) 16 Division also interacted with the students.

The students thanked Pak Army for the awareness.

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Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin is on an official visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Chief of Royal Malaysian Naval Forces called on Chief of the Naval staff,  Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at Naval Headquarters Islamabad on 19 Feb 18, where discussions on professional matters and avenues of existing and future naval collaboration were focused. 

In the second leg of the visit, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin met with various Naval Field Commands at Lahore and Karachi. The dignitary visited Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore, and called on Commandant Pakistan Navy War College, Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi.

During the visit to Karachi, Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy called on Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar, Commander Coast, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas and Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi in separate meetings.

During the meetings, besides discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration, the Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy lauded Pakistan Navy’s role and commitments in maintaining peace and stability in the region through persistent participation in Coalition Counter terrorism and Counter Piracy Task Forces.

Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin also laid floral wreath at Mazar-e-Quaid. Later, the dignitary visited various PN establishments and ships.
 
The visit of Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy to Pakistan is expected to further strengthen the bilateral defence collaboration between Pakistan and Malaysia in general and the two Navies in particular.

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German Ambassador, Mr Martin Kobler visited CMH Sialkot. Ambassador met injured patients due to Indian state terrorism through continued Cease Fire Violations (CFVs).

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Security forces foiled major terrorist action in FATA/KP/Islamabad. A successful IBO conducted in Bajour to track two Suicide Bombers entering from Afghanistan through Kagha pass in Bajur Agency. The Afghan based TTP terrorists were cordoned near Ghatki Kaga, Mena Bajaur Agency. The suicide bombers tried to escape but were killed by security forces. Suicide Jacket, Anti Tank mines, Magnetic mines, prepared remote control IEDS, remote control receivers, detonators and communication equipment baring Afghan mobile company signature recovered from suicide bombers.

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Indian brutality takes life of an eight year old boy Ayan of Jajot village along LOC. Use of Pellet guns in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and blatant targeting of innocent unarmed civilians across LOC exposes true Indian face. #IndianTerrorism

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Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the dignitary was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dress presented Guard of Honour. The visiting dignitary was then introduced to Principal Staff Officers at NHQ.

Later, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office, where discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration were held. Various avenues of cooperation between the two Navies were also focused. Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism including participation of Pakistan Navy in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations were also highlighted. Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin highly appreciated role and contributions of Pakistan Navy in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

The call was followed by a comprehensive brief given to the visiting dignitary on Pakistan Navy’s perspective on regional issues and PN contributions towards peace and stability at sea.

Later, Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy also laid floral wreath at Shuhada Monument at Naval Headquarters.

Visit of Naval Headquarters was followed by an impressive Investiture Ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Saddar, where Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Hj Ahmad Badaruddin was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) by President Mr. Mamnoon Hussain; one of Pakistan’s highest military awards, in recognition of his distinguished services and significant contributions towards strengthening fraternal ties between Pakistan and Malaysia in general and Navies of both the brotherly nations in particular.

In the second leg of his visit, Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy is scheduled to visit Pakistan Navy Field Commands at Lahore and Karachi.

The visit of Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy is expected to further strengthen the bilateral collaboration between the two Navies.

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"Bissmillah Irrakhman Nirraheem"
JIHADISM AFTER THE CALIPHATE

Respected Panel Members, Excellences', Ladies & Gentlemen!

Good Evening

  • It is my proud privilege today to be addressing this august gathering, on a subject of critical importance to all of us. Let me first offer my sincere thanks and gratitude for this opportunity Ladies and Gentleman, I will make no pretence about my intellectual credentials. But may I humbly say that I have the honour of commanding an Army, which has achieved great successes, against violent extremism and terrorism, of course at a huge cost and sacrifice. My perspective would therefore be, that of a soldier and not of an intellectual
  • Let me say from the outset, that, the present Jihadism is a misnomer. Jihad is a highly evolved concept that underlines myriad struggles against tyranny of all types. Muslims are taught that control of self is the most elevated form of Jihad. There is also a saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) that 'the best of Jihad is a word of truth in the face of a tyrant ruler'. On the other hand, 'Qitaal', or aspect of 'armed jihad' comes at the lowest end of the spectrum of actions and beliefs that comprise the concept of jihad and can only be sanctioned by a State authority and nobody else.
  • However, there is no denying the fact, that a powerful concept such as jihad, can easily be misused for propagating extremism or terrorism. Particularly, as many Muslims, world over, are not only feeling alienated, but disowned, targeted and devoid of positive expression. Same is true for the concept of caliphate which is more of a nostalgic response rather than actual possibility for most Muslims.

Ladies & Gentlemen!

  • In Pakistan, the notion of caliphate has not found any traction, but jihad has definitely been used to radicalize fairly large tracts of population. However, this phenomenon is not a recent creation or started after 9/11. The Frankenstein was actually created by the liberal free world, with willing, but myopic cooperation from our side after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Therefore, we all are responsible for making the world population in general and Muslim population in particular, hostage to this extremist ideology.
  • Times have surely changed since the noon of March 10, 1982, when, President Ronald Reagan, dedicated the March 22nd launch of the Columbia Space Shuttle to the valiant Afghan Mujahedeens or Jihadis and termed their struggle against the Soviet occupation forces as a representation of `man's highest aspirations for freedom'
  • When I was young, Pakistan was as normal a country as any other on the earth. Jacqueline Kennedy flew to Karachi, the Beatles visited us, Queen Elizabeth went to the Khyber pass to chat with the tribesmen. We were a favourite tourism destination for many. We were hosting world cups of hockey and cricket, besides many other multi-national events. World Bank termed Pakistan in 1963 as one of the most progressive and dynamic developing country in Asia
  • The seventies were nothing less than a disaster for us, but even the separation of the Eastern part of our country and the political upheavals thereafter, did not change the society as deeply as the events of 1979, the year the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and the Iranian revolution happened, next door. It was only then that we started learning that we were not only Muslims, but were Sunnis and Shias. It was also the time that we were drawn to conviction of fighting Soviet invasion and also challenging communist ideology
  • With the able intellectual assistance of free world, a syllabus was designed in one of the Western University for Madrassahs wherein jihad was fed to young minds in a concentrated dose without context or explanation. An exception was created, using a 'self defence' clause to justify declaration of jihad by Non State Actors. Young men were recruited from all over the world, radicalized and then left and disowned after they had delivered us, the success.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

  • I apologize for a long lesson on history, but while it is history for you, it is still very much a live issue for us back home, as fairly large no of people are radicalized, armed and empowered politically and ideologically. They cannot be wished away, just because we don’t like them any more. We are harvesting what we sowed 40 years back. So it will be a while before this scourge is eliminated in totality – but first, let’s stop calling it Jihadism as it is nothing else but terrorism.

With this rather long context, let me now come to the story of Pakistan’s struggle against extremism, terrorism and so called Jihadism

  • Pakistan Army has waged a relentless and bloody fight against terrorism and violent extremism, at a monumental human and material cost:-
    • Over 35,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives
    • Over 48,000 are critically wounded or disabled
    • Financial cost exceeding US $ 250 Billion – only a fraction of which is actually shared by our global partners
    • Today, I can say with pride and conviction that there are no organized terrorist camps on our side of the border. However, presence of terrorists of various hues and colours cannot be ruled out. We still have their active and sleeper cells, who are hiding in mountains, border towns and 54 refugee camps, besides some major towns and cities.
    • For your information, out of the last 131 terrorist attacks in our border areas last year, 123 were conceived, planned and executed from Afghanistan. We understand their predicament therefore we do not blame them, but instability in Afghanistan is also hurting us badly – and it is happening despite the presence of the most powerful alliance in Kabul.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

  • Unfortunately, Afghanistan, success of 2003 was lost when resources were pulled out prematurely for war in Iraq. Today, after spending more than 1.4 Trillion, the situation can best be described as a stalemate. But to my reckoning the cause of stalemate is not only the Haqqani Network or TTA, as they had almost been defeated 13 years ago; it was the pursuit of a wrong strategy which led to their resurrection. Let me say that the popular assertion of TTA not being defeated in totality due to presence of part of their leadership in Pakistan, is not correct or whole truth. We defeated Al-Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamat-ul-Ahrar, while their safe heavens still exist in Afghanistan at a mere fraction of resources employed on the other side of the border. Now instead of blame games, it is time for NATO and allies to conduct an audit and introspection to find out causes for this stalemate.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

  • In our war against terror, military operations were not the only thing that we conducted. We realized very early that the complex problem of violent extremism could not be handled through military operations only. First and foremost, we generated public opinion to defeat the terrorists’ narrative. We also formulated the National Action Plan, aimed at fighting terrorism and gradually rooting out extremism. We launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in 2017, we the aim of:
    • Firstly, targeted kinetic and enhanced law enforcement operations to locate and destroy the residual terrorist presence across the country
    • Second prong of our campaign, comprises supporting the National Action Plan, that involves better prosecution, policing, education reforms, along with curbing terror financing and hate speech
    • Equally important is our information prong aimed at discrediting the terrorist ideology including the misuse of the terms like Jihad and Caliphate. Most recently, 1854 eminent Pakistani religious scholars, representing all schools of thoughts within Islam, teamed up to issue a resounding fatwa against violence, extremism and terrorism in the name of religion. Called the Message of Pakistan, it bans suicide bombing and jihad, other than the one sanctioned by the State.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

  • Our successes have been made possible by the collective resolve and resilience of our entire nation. However, we are far from done. It is my sincere belief that Pakistan’s lasting domestic peace hinges on peace and stability in Afghanistan, therefore, despite our limited resources, we are trying our best to export peace to our Neighbours in the west. Please remember, at times our efforts are curtailed by capacity and not by will.
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan are sovereign countries. Both countries have a right to peace and progress. However, this will only be possible if our respective soils are not used against each other. In this regard, two aspects are important:-
    • Firstly we still have nearly 2.7 Million Afghan refugees in our country, whose concentrations are routinely used by TTA and Haqqani Network to recruit, morph and melt. It is time for these refugees to be repatriated with dignity. It is the only way we can ensure that no one is misusing our hospitality and soil for mischief in Afghanistan. This is possible at a fraction of the cost of war in Afghanistan, which is currently around $ 46 Billion per year.
    • Secondly, our border with Afghanistan is highly porous. We have unilaterally taken many steps to ensure proper management of this border. We gave raised tens of new border specific units, built hundreds of new border surveillance forts and have started the process of fencing 2300 Kilometers of the border. We are putting scanners and biometrics at border terminals to ensure that while common Afghans are facilitated, miscreants and terrorists are prevented or arrested.
  • Furthermore, we are fully committed to the international consensus, that political reconciliation is the only solution to Afghan issue. While we are actively supporting the new US strategy in the region, based primarily on kinetic approach, we are not leaving any stone unturned to try and do our best in bringing the parties of the conflict on the negotiation table.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

  • Despite the seeming frustration, very few countries have achieved as much success that we have in our war against terror. With over 1100 Al-Qaeda operatives killed and other 600 handed over to US, Pakistan is instrumental in disruption and decimation of Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the struggle continues as the threat is morphing. Intelligence agencies of multiple countries have confirmed the on-going relocation of fleeing Daesh fighters to Afghanistan. Being worst-hit by perennial instability in Afghanistan, Pakistan has legitimate concerns about this new threat joining the roster of over 20 terror outfits. So far we have been successful in denying any foothold to Daesh in Pakistan, but we are very concerned about its unchecked growth in the neighborhood. We need to counter the threat much more proactively through collaboration and cooperation.
  • The war against terrorism and extremism will take some time before the world is free of it, therefor we all have to be patient and remain steadfast. We need to first counter terrorist’ narrative with a superior narrative before breaking their back. Unfortunately, we have not done enough in this regard. Finally, trust, cooperation and sharing will work, scapegoating won’t.

To conclude,

Let me say that terrorists thrive on our divisions and feed on our inability to come together against them. I humbly call upon all of you, to deny them these chinks in our collective armour. Please realize that it’s a global problem and needs a global approach. Lack of focus and commitment and individual efforts won’t take us anywhere.

I thank you.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Bostan, Dera Murad Jamali, Sibi, Pishin Lehri and Chathar areas of Balochistan. During Operation, 5 suspected terrorists were apprehended.

Cache of arms and ammunition including rockets, Sub Machine Guns, Mines, explosive and ammunition recovered.

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COAS condoles loss of precious lives in tragic Iranian plane crash. Shares grief of bereaved families and brotherly Iranian nation.

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Punjab Rangers along with Elite Police and Intelligence Agencies conducted IBO in of DG Khan. During exchange of fire 3 terrorists killed. 2 Rangers soldiers injured.

Prepared IED, Rocket Launcher, AK-47, grenades and ammunition recovered.

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15th International Cardiac Electrophysiology Conference was held at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology and National institute of Heart Diseases (AFIC & NIHD) Rawalpindi. President of Pakistan, Mr Mamnoon Hussain was  the chief guest on  inaugural ceremony today.

President of Royal College of Physician Edinburgh UK, Professor Derrek Bell along with his team and
delegates from United State of America, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and more than 360 doctors from across the country attended the conference.

Speaking on the occasion, President appreciated the hard work and professionalism of the doctors in achieving commendable standards in the field of heart diseases and appreciated AFIC & NIHD for organizing the event for benefiting from each others experiences. President lauded Army Medical Corps for its achievements for latest trends in medical field and bringing good name to Pakistan for serving humanity in different parts of the world under UN auspices.

Earlier, on arrival at AFIC & NIHD President was received by Adjutant General Pakistan Army, Lieutenant General Anwar Ali Hyder and
Major General Safdar Abbas, Commandant AFIC & NIHD.

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COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Germany to attend Munich Security Conference. Army Chief will speak at the conference giving Pakistan’s perspective on global and regional security.

COAS will also have few sideline meetings with other participating international civilian and military leadership.

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Exercise Naseem Al Bahr XI (NAB), between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) concluded in Saudi Arabian waters off Al Jubail, KSA. The Exercise was scheduled from 09  to 17 Feb 18.
The exercise NAB comprised of practical demonstrations of Fast Boat Attacks, various formations, maneuvering drills, defence against asymmetric attacks using fast boats, Helicopter landings,  Boarding Operations, Anti Piracy and joint response to conventional threats at sea. Live Weapon Firing was also conducted in which PN and RSNF ships successfully engaged their respective targets. PN P3C & helicopters conducted joint operations with Saudi Air Force & RSNF Air Arm elements.  Mine Counter Measure Exercise (MCM) was also conducted for the first time as part of exercise NAB. During the sea phase of MCM Exercise, Survey and Diving Operations and under water demolition of targets were also conducted.
This year, Exercise Deraa Al Sahil was also a part of Naseem Al Bahr XI in which Pak Marines and RSNF Marines exercised Amphibious Landing Operations, Escorting Operations, Beach Landing, Sniper Camouflage Training and Boarding Operations. In addition, Small Arms Firing, Cover and Maneuver drills and Para Drop Operations by RSNF Marines were also undertaken.
PN-RSNF Joint Naval Exercises were followed by a closing ceremony, held at King Abdul Aziz Naval Base Al Jubail. Chief of Staff (Personnel), Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem of Pakistan Navy was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
While addressing the debrief/ closing ceremony, Chief Guest said that the first ever conduct of  Naseem Al Bahr XI including Mine Counter Measure (MCM) and Deraa Al Sahil exercises in Saudi Arabian waters at mega scale is a manifestation of high level of mutual faith, trust and confidence. Regular conduct of Exercise Naseem al Bahr between PN and RSNF since 1993 is testimony to the ever increasing cooperation between two brotherly countries in general and navies of both countries in particular. Such interactions will enable both the navies of the region to jointly ensure maritime security in the IOR.
The Admiral highlighted Pakistan Navy’s role in counter terrorism and counter piracy operations since 2004 and 2009 respectively in North Arabian Sea (NAS), Gulf of Aden (GOA) and Horn of Africa (HOA). CTF 150 and CTF 151 are demonstration of Pakistan Navy’s commitment and resolve to maintain peace and order at high seas surrounding two countries.
The Chief Guest also appreciated the operational capabilities of RSNF Officers and men displayed throughout the exercise and hospitality of RSNF Eastern Fleet Command during stay of PN Flotilla at Port Al Jubail.
Earlier, debrief about conduct of various phases of the exercises was conducted by Pakistan Navy Flag Officer Sea Training representative and RSNF Fleet Training Group. Debrief analyzed performance of all participating units and focused on areas needing improvement, highlighted lessons learnt from various operational activities and recommendations for future exercises. Debrief was also attended by Rear Admiral Laafi Bin Hussain Al Harbi, Commander RSNF Eastern Fleet and a large number of officers from PN and RSNF.

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Over 500 Students and faculty members from leading educational institutes of Multan spent a day with Army at Multan Garrison. The event was aimed at familiarising students about functioning of Pakistan Army and its capabilities. The participants conducted live firing with small arms, witnessed weapons, equipment display.

The students thanked Pak Army for the awareness.

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Pakistan Navy’s Special Service Group – SSG(N) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Special Operation Forces have successfully concluded two weeks bilateral exercise “AFFA AL SAHIL IV” Pakistan. The exercise is an important element of bilateral naval cooperation. The objectives of the exercise were to improve interoperability, to enhance professional skills, rehearse Tactics Techniques and Procedures and exchange professional experience on Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations.

The exercise was conducted in two phases. The first phase comprised land/field activities i.e small arms firing, sniper firing, close quarter combat, simulated raid on enemy target, night special ops combat tactics. The evolutions in the first phase helped both forces in refining the essential skills required for operations at High Seas.

In the second phase, Special Maritime Operations at High Seas to thwart Maritime Terrorism, Piracy and Human Trafficking were undertaken. The engagement culminated with Final Test Exercise (FTX) which was attended by RSNF Special Operation Forces Commander Commodore Hamdan Saleh A Alshehri. The visiting dignitary appreciated the professionalism and skills displayed by participating teams and highlighted that the exercise will help in developing synergy in operations against asymmetric and conventional threats. Overall, the exercise achieved all its objectives and remained highly beneficial for both sides.

Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces – RSNF have a rich history of mutual exchanges which is a derivative of the brotherly ties between the people of both the nations. The exercise AFFA AL SAHIL being the engagement of Special Forces signifies the level of trust between the two brotherly countries.

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Chief of the Naval Staff Meeting with Turkish Ambassador at NHQ Islamabad.

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

Matters of mutual interest including regional security situation were discussed during the meeting.

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In continuation of ongoing Pak-KSA bilateral security cooperation, Pakistan Army contingent is being sent to KSA on training and advise mission. These or troops already there will not be employed outside KSA. Pak Army maintains bilateral security cooperation with many other GCC / regional countries.

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COAS directs for facilitation to Tribal brethren in FATA. Watan Cards earlier issued as ID document for payment of compensation to TDPs no more required. Henceforth CNIC will be taken as ID document. Those without CNIC can use Watan Card till 31 May 18 and obtain CNIC by then.

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Indian unethical and unprofessional approach across LOC continues terrorizing civilians. Targeted van carrying school children in Battal sector in violation of Geneva Convention & ceasefire understanding. Van driver embraced shahadat.

Indian terror described by a girl student inside school van targeted today in Battal Sector.

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Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza visited forward troops at Neelum Valley. Commander appreciated operational preparedness and high morale of troops.

He directed troops to give  befitting response to Indian CFVs who is unethically targeting innocent civilians.

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H.E Mr. I. Mustafa Yurdakul, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCS Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi. Matters related to further strengthening of bilateral relationship between the two brotherly countries particularly in the field of security and defence cooperation were discussed during the meeting.

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

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The first phase of Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil being held at Karachi between Pakistan Navy (PN-SOF) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF-SOF) has concluded. During the First phase, series of land and harbour exercises were scheduled; wherein, Maritime Special Operations were rehearsed prior exercises at sea in second phase.

 Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil is aimed on enhancing interoperability and sharpening the tactical proficiency in countering Maritime Human trafficking, Piracy and Terrorism. The exercise will help in developing synergy in operations against asymmetric and conventional threats.

 Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil is a bilateral exercise being conducted annually between the two sides since 2011. Culmination of First phase will led to Sea Phase; wherein sea based Maritime Special Operations will be conducted.

 Beside Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil at Karachi, Exercise Dera Al Sahil between Pak Marines and RSNF Marines is also under progress at Saudi Arabia. This exercise is aimed to enhance professional skills and practices especially in the field of Coastal Defence like demonstration for Military Operations & Urban Terrain (MOUT), Joint Beach Landing through Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and training of snipers through camouflage and concealment techniques.

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Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, Commander 4 Corps inaugurated Boarding Campus/Hostel of Rising Sun Institute and welfare society in DHA. The institute is working as a premier training and educational facility for special children to groom them  an effective and vital organ of the society. Over 650 children are getting  mostly free education . Initially, the campus will board / lodge homeless special children of over 18 years. Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, in his concluding remarks appreciated the dedicated efforts of management of the institute and assured Army’s full support for the future initiatives.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) attended Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference held at Kabul today. Commander USCENTCOM, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and Army Chiefs of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also attended. The conference concluded to continue cooperation for peace and stability in the region.

Speaking at the occasion, COAS reiterated that path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan. COAS said that regions develop as a whole, not individual countries. He said that Pakistan has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil, however, residual signatures of terrorists who take advantage of presence of 2.7 million Afghan refugees and absence of effective border security coordination, are also being traced and targeted through ongoing operation Radd ul Fasaad. He also assured that Pakistani territory is not allowed to be used against any other country and Pakistan expects the same in reciprocity. He said that collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

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The first phase of Joint Naval Exercise Naseem Al Bahar XI being conducted at Port Al Jubail, KSA between Pakistan Navy (PN) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has concluded.

The first phase of exercise comprised of a series of harbour activities to provide synergy in different domains of naval operations. It also afforded opportunity for both navies to conduct operational planning for the joint naval operations to be conducted in subsequent sea phase of the exercise. During the first phase, various training exercises were organised onboard PN and RSNF Ships and harbour facilities. Planning modules on conduct of amphibious landing operations, escorting operations, sniper / camouflage techniques and Mine Counter Measures procedures were rehearsed by the two navies. Mission Commander of Pakistan Navy and Exercise Director from RSNF closely monitored and supervised the training activities.
 
Earlier, a Brief about the joint naval exercises was conducted wherein details of different evolutions and exercises were discussed by both sides. Mission Commander of PN and Exercise Director from RSNF were also present at the Opening Brief.

The Joint PN – RSNF Naval Exercise Naseem Al Bahr is aimed on enhancing interoperability and sharpen the tactical proficiency in Counter Piracy, Anti Air & Surface Warfare and Mine Countermeasure Warfare. These exercises will help in developing synergy in operations against asymmetric, air, surface and mine threats. On completion of harbour phase, next phase of the Exercise will include joint naval operations at sea. Concurrently, Pakistani and RSNF Marines are also engaged in Joint Marine Exercise Deraa Al Sahil. Current Exercise is 11th of Naseem Al Bahr Series and will continue till 17 Feb in Saudi Arabian Waters.

Conduct of Joint Maritime Exercise between Pakistan Navy and RSNF in present geo-political milieu assumes great significance and will go a long way in enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries. Since the inception of biennial exercise Naseem Al Bahr in 1993, it has matured as an advanced level maritime exercise involving almost all facets of naval forces. The level of participation from both sides signifies the trust and mutual confidence which prevails between the two brotherly countries.

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Mr Ishan Mustafa Yurdakul, newly appointed Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, today at GHQ.

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. Visiting dignitary also acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s contributions for peace and stability in the region.

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Mr Mehdi Honardoost, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, today at GHQ.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest and Pak-Iran border management were discussed.

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H.E Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCS Committee at Joint Staff Headquarters. Bilateral security and defence cooperation and regional security environment were discussed.

Visiting minister appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism.

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FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Buleda, Gish Kaur, Tratha and Pishin areas of Balochistan . During operation 20 suspected terrorists were apprehended.

Cache of arms and ammunition including RPG rockets, Sub Machine Guns and sniper rifle ammunition, Laptops, Global Positioning System (GPS) and communication equipment recovered.

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Indian army initiated unprovoked firing along LOC in Battal, Hot Spring and Khuiratta sectors targeting civil population. 3 innocent citizens including 2 women Saba Azad, 24 years and Ms Nagina Aqsad, 36 years old got injured. Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to Indian cease fire violations and target those posts which initiated unprovoked firing. Reports of  substantial damage.

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Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, Commander  4 Corps inaugurated Zarar shaheed trust hospital on main Barki road here today. The foundation of hospital was laid on 2002 by the parents of shaheed Naval officer lieutenant Zarar Ahmed bin Mansoor who embraced Shahadat in Atlantic plane crash in 1999. The memorial hospital is built by Shaheed officer’s family with  state of the art facilities for out door patients, TB, general surgery, gyne, child, eye, dentist, radiology and laboratory departments.

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Major joint Naval Exercises Naseem Al Bahr, First joint Mine Counter measures exercise (MCMEX) and Marine Forces Exercise Deraa Al Sahil between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has commenced at Saudi Arabian Port Al Jubail. The 11th exercise of Naseem Al Bahr series will continue till 17 Feb 18. It is the first time that these exercises are being conducted in Saudi Arabian waters. The exercises are aimed to consolidate the existing strong bilateral relations between Pakistan and Royal Saudi Naval forces. The exercises include joint conduct of maritime security operations across the traditional and nontraditional warfare domains thus enhancing interoperability between both the Navies.

Earlier Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising PN Ships ZULFIQUAR, TARIQ, AZMAT, QUWWAT and MUNSIF arrived at Saudi Arabian Port Al Jubail. PN helicopters embarked onboard PN Ships and P3C Orion Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft will also participate in these exercises. For the first time, Mine Countermeasure Exercise has also been scheduled concurrently with Exercise Naseem Al Bahr. Cdre Adnan Ahmed is the Mission Commander of Pakistan Navy ships visiting Jubail for the exercise.

Upon arrival, Pakistan Navy ships were warmly received by senior RSNF officers and ratings. On first day of exercise, various harbour evolutions including communication brief for participating units and harbour fire exercise demonstrations onboard Pakistan Navy ships were conducted to share experience with RSNF counterparts. A reception dinner in honour of visiting Pakistan Navy officers and ratings was hosted by RSNF Eastern Fleet Cdr, Rear Admiral Laafi Bin Hussain Al Harbi at RSNF Naval Base Mess. A large gathering of RSNF officers including flag officers (Commanders of Logistics, Aviation and Marines) and RSNF Base Commander also attended the reception.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed death sentences awarded to another 7 hardcore terrorists, who were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan. On the whole, they were involved in killing of 85 persons and injuring 109 others. Arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession. These convicts were tried by military courts. Besides, 5 convicts were awarded imprisonment of various duration.

Detail of each case is attached.

1. Atlas Khan S/O Mada Mir Jan and Muhammad Yousaf Khan S/O Mir Azam Khan. Both the convicts were members of proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan.These convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. Both convicts were awarded death sentences.

2. Farhan S/O Seen Gul. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of innocent civilian, attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed Forces of Pakistan, which resulted in death of Assistant Sub Inspector Jan Daraz Khan along with 2 police officials, Subedar Muhammad Irfan, Naib Subedar Abudullah as well as 12 other soldiers and injuries to 18 other soldiers of Armed Forces/ Frontier Constabulary. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

3. Khalay Gul S/O Niaz Min Gul and Nazar Moon S/O Akimoon. Both the convicts were members of proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan. These convicts admitted their offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. Both convicts were awarded death sentences.

4. Nek Maeel Khan S/O Amal Khan. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan. 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.

5. Akbar Ali S/O Bakhtiar. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of civilians Shahi Rahman and Badi ur Rahman, both members of village defence committee, Swat. 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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Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi launched the Spring Tree Plantation Campaign 2018 today by planting a sapling at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad.

On the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi highlighted the importance of Tree Plantation Campaigns that provide opportunities to strengthen our link with the nature.  The Naval Chief urged the countrymen to join hands with Pakistan Navy in this noble cause and commit to plant at least one tree each to ensure better environment for generation to come.
Pakistan Navy intends to undertake massive tree plantations during the current spring season in all units and areas under responsibility from Jiwani in the West to Sir Creek in the East to contribute towards Green Pakistan program.  Pakistan Navy also plans to participate in many other activities such as Beach Cleaning and Marine Pollution Control Awareness campaign etc to improve overall environment of the country. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change & Member National Assembly Ms Romina Khurshid Alam and Senior Officers were present on the occasion.

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General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman European Union Military Committee ⁠called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today at GHQ.

During the meeting, regional security issues and matters of mutual interest were discussed. The visiting dignitary appreciated the resolve of Pakistan Army and its continuing efforts towards fighting terrorism and bringing peace in the region.

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Pakistan Rangers Punjab carried out IBOs in DG Khan Along with Police. During the operations 7 terrorists suspect apprehended. Laptops and other communication equipment recovered.

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Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT seized 5000 kg of Hashish valued in million of Dollars while operating at North Arabian Sea. The operation by PNS ASLAT was carried out while undertaking Maritime Security Operations in Pakistani Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The successful seizure of narcotics by Pakistan Navy was the result of a complex and risky operation involving surveillance & analysis in the area and conduct of Special Operations.
 
After gathering credible evidence, Special Warfare teams of PNS ASLAT boarded the suspected vessel, undertook search operation and seized 5000 kg of Hashish. Later, the sized drugs and suspects were handed over to Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Ship for further legal proceedings and its disposal as per law.

During this operation, Pakistan Navy ship crew demonstrated impeccable professionalism, selfless devotion and utmost courage in the face of harsh environment. The success of Pakistan Navy Ship in interrupting the flow of narcotics highlights the importance accorded by Pakistan Navy in patrolling the waters of North Indian Ocean to ensure free flow of legitimate commerce and deny use of High Seas to terrorists and all associated miscreants.

Successful operation by Pakistan Navy Ship resulting in seizure of huge quantity of narcotics is a testimony to the fact that Government of Pakistan and Pak  Navy remain committed in ensuring freedom of High Seas and preventing its use for any unlawful purposes. Pakistan Navy has been instrumental in curbing illegal transportation of contraband goods and will continue to shoulder its national obligation and responsibility for making the sea lanes across Indian Ocean safe and secure.

PNS ASLAT is a F-22P frigate capable of undertaking wide variety of combat as well as full spectrum Maritime Security Operations at sea. The ship was deployed as part of the Multinational Combined Task Force-150 (CTF-150) , which is part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The Task Force-150 is mandated to ensure maritime security to prevent counter terrorism and associated illegal activities.

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208th Corps Commanders' Conference was held at GHQ today chaired by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Forum reviewed geo strategic and security environment especially in the context of US security related policies for the region. Progress of operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and increased Indian Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) were also discussed. Forum reiterated that gains of years long counter terrorism efforts shall be consolidated to achieve enduring peace and stability both for Pakistan and the region. Indian CFVs are detrimental to peace, however, these or any Indian misadventure shall be responded effectively.

Forum concluded that national interest shall be kept at premium while cooperating with all other stake holders for regional peace and stability.

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FC Balochistan along with intelligence agencies conducted IBOs in  Surkhab on Afghan Refugees Camp, Kanak valley and Moro River / Bolan areas. During search operation 11 suspects apprehended.

Weapons and ammunition including explosives, mines, detonators and fuzes, mobile sims and communication equipment recovered.

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Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt visited Khyber Agency as chief guest on reintegration ceremony of the 5th Batch Barra De-Radicalization Centre. Corps Comd Congratulated participants on completion of their program.  Comd also complimented the tribal brethern for their support to security forces in restoring peace.

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Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza visited forward troops at Line of Control. Commander appreciated Operational readiness and befitting response to the Indian ceasefire violations.

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Defence Minister, Mr Khuram Dastagir Khan visited injured of Swat incident at CMH Peshawar.

Later he also visited home of Shaheed Captain Jazib Rehman at Kohat. The Minister offered Fateha with the bereaved family of the Shaheed and shared his heartfelt condolences.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) attended Namaz e Janaza of 11 Martyrs of Swat blast offered at Peshawar. Governor KP, Mr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Commander Peshawar Corps and other senior civil and military officials were also present.
Later, COAS also visited CMH Peshawar to meet injured of the incident.

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Journalists from South Waziristan Agency visited ISPR and interacted with DG ISPR. Journalists shared their feed back on security situation in SWA and development work under taken by Pakistan Army. DG ISPR briefed them about on ground situation followed by an interactive session. Journalists thanked Pak Army for restoring peace in the Agency and FATA.

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A Suicide attack on an Army unit sports area at Kabal, Swat. 11 security officials embraced shahadat including an officer while 13 injured.

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