RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said on Thursday that the army will accomplish its mission of defeating every threat to the motherland in accordance with the expectations of the people of Pakistan.
General Sharif was speaking during his visit to the Kotri Ranges to witness Field Firing and Battle Inoculation Exercise of Karachi Corps. The exercises are aimed at training troops in various tactical operations under battlefield environment. Fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and armoured fighting vehicles of the Mechanised Division of the army also participated in live firing manoeuvres as part of the field firing.
COAS Sharif commended the standard of training of the participating troops and lauded their skills, precision and accuracy in engaging the targets and said that strenuous training and highest standard of preparedness in peacetime are the only guarantors of peace. “Perpetual quest for modern techniques, seizing initiative from the enemy and mastery in battle procedures are essential for success in all kinds of military operations, whether conventional or unconventional,” Sharif said.
The army chief emphasised on all ranks to continue to focus on training and combat preparedness to respond to full spectrum of threat with speed and effectiveness. He reiterated the resolve of the armed forces and said in unequivocal terms that with the backing of the nation, “we will accomplish our mission of defeating every threat to our motherland in accordance with the expectations of the people of Pakistan”. Earlier, on arrival at Kotri, the chief of army staff was received by Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani.
General Sharif on Friday brushed aside speculations about capability of the armed forces to root out terrorism in the country, and maintained his force was ready to counter any internal or external threat. Separately, the COAS called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed with him matters relating to national defence and security. They exchanged views on matters related to national security and overall law and order situation in the country. During the meeting, the army chief gave a briefing to the prime minister about actions against militants.
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