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COAS visits exercise area near Kotli

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited field training area near Kotli where he was briefed about conduct modalities of a corps level exercise ‘Taskheer-e-Jabal’.

The exercise is aimed at enhancing operational preparedness of formations, encompassing defensive and offensive tasks during various contingencies within an operational cycle. The troops and units participating in exercise will rehearse various defensive and offensive manoeuvres in the mountainous terrain.

Appreciating the dedication and professionalism of participating troops, the COAS expressed satisfaction over combat readiness of the formation. Rigorous training and continued practice of operational drills are imperative for effective response to wide.-ranging threats, the COAS emphasised.

Earlier, on arrival, the COAS was received by Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas. Meanwhile, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while acknowledging positive trajectory of Pakistan-Qatar relationship, has appreciated Qatar's support to Pakistan in various domains.

The COAS was talking to Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Thani J Al Thani, Chairman of Pakistan-Qatar Takaful Insurance Company and Member of the Ruling Family of State of Qatar who called onhim here at GHQ on Wednesday.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including recent developments in Afghan peace process and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed, the ISPR said. The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region & expressed desire for enhanced Pakistan-Qatar bilateral collaboration.