COAS praises POF’s Zarb-e-Azb role

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Directs POF authorities to explore new arms export markets

Wah—Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif, has appreciated the Pakistan Ordnance Fac-tories (POF) efforts to meet total requirement of arms and ammunition for ongoing Operations Zarb-e-Azb. Speaking during his visit to the POF Wah on Tuesday he praised the current management of POF for their dedication in going way beyond meeting the set targets.
He emphasized the need for further technological up gradation to optimise the output, so that “we become fully self reliant in the arms and ammunition needs of paramilitary and LEAs of Pakistan also.”
Noticing the increased interest of other countries, and the growing export potential due to the newly attained quality standards, he directed POF to explore newer markets and focus on increasing exports and bring the much needed foreign exchange for the country, the ISPR said.
This was the Army Chief’s second visit to see the progress of envisaged modernisation and capacity enhancement of POF. The COAS was given detailed briefing by Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman POF Wah about performance of their Industrial complex and future expansion plans.
Later COAS went for a detailed visit of the factories to see the progress. After inaugurating the new Ammunition Plant as part of the expansion Plan, the COAS addressed the management and staff.
The POF is the premier defence industry of Pakistan making invaluable contributions to sustain combat worthiness of Pakistan Armed Forces, he said. DNA adds: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has emphasized the need for further technological up-gradation of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) to optimise the output, become fully self-reliant in the arms and ammunition and tap the export potential.
The visit was aimed at seeing the progress of envis-aged modernisation and capacity enhancement of POF. He was given detailed briefing by Chairman POF Wah Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Ha-yat about performance of their Industrial complex and future expansion plans.
He specially appreciated POF efforts to meet total requirement of arms and ammunition for ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Noticing the increased interest of other countries, and the growing export potential due to the newly attained quality standards, he directed POF to explore newer markets. He desired a focus on increas-ing exports and bring the much needed foreign ex-change for the country.—NNI

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