Witnesses military exercises in Cholistan
Rawalpindi—General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, Thursday arrived on a two-day visit to Bahawalpur and Multan to witness ongoing exercises of Bahawalpur and Multan formations in the Cholistan desert.
The COAS visited training area near Fort Abbas and Dingarh and witnessed training exercise of Bahawalpur Corps. Operational capability of the field formations is being tested in near war environment, to validate the new war fighting. The exercise involves large scale integrated maneuvers of infantry, mechanized forces, combat aviation and the Pakistan Air Force.
On arrival in the field area, the army chief was given a detailed briefing on the aim and objectives of ongoing exercise by the field commander.
The scope of the exercise includes offensive and defensive manoeuvres by Army to ensure complete dominance of the battlefield.
The formations and units have been undergoing this exercise under strenuous field conditions for over one month now and the final phase of the exercise along with the validation is underway. While lauding the standard of training of participating troops, General Raheel expressed his complete satisfaction over operational preparedness and training standards of the army. He described Pakistan Army as one of the best army of world.
He said all available means must be utilized to improve the operational capability of the army to effectively respond to full spectrum of threat.
Strenuous training and highest standard of preparedness in peacetime are the only guarantors of peace, he said.
Earlier, the COAS inaugurated the newly constructed Church and soldiers mess at Bahawalpur garrison.
On arrival in Bahawalpur, General Raheel Sharif was received by Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal, Corps Commander. —NNI