APP67-08 ISLAMABAD: December 08 – COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa photographed with participating troops of both countries in Pak-China joint exercise warrior 4 near Kharian. APP

ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC), Pabbi and spent his day witnessing concluding sessions of high profile training events.

He saw the final day of two months long Pakistan-China exercise Warrior-4, which focused on high impact counter terrorism operations, both in rural and urban areas using heli borne and special forces of both countries, said an ISPR press release.

While speaking to officers and troops on the occasion, the COAS noted
that sharing of best experiences through series of exercises had improved counter terror combat skills of both Chinese and Pakistan troops.

He emphasized that such exercises had integrated the two armies and would help us to eliminate terrorism from the region.

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Our newly built NCTC has been recognised as a world class facility and is attracting other armies for training with our army.

The COAS appreciated the interest of friendly countries in training with Pakistan Army, and said, “We will continue to offer our training services for defeating the menace of terrorism and bringing peace.”

The COAS also commended the staff of Training Centre for having trained Rangers, Police, ASF and other services for fighting terrorists.

Later the Chinese Military Commander paid his gratitude to Pakistan Army for the highest standard of training and skills, an asset that China shall continue to benefit.

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Our successful training and closeness will help further consolidate long term trusted strategic friendship of our two eternally friendly countries, Chinese commander said.

The COAS also witnessed the first ever Long Range Sniper Shooting
Competition called The Striker’s Cup, in which 100 top civilian and military shooters from all over the country participated.

The COAS awarded prizes to the best shooters. Major Junaid was declared the best shooter and won the Striker’s Cup.

The COAS directed to expand the scope and participation of firers to train our youth to be able to win shooting competitions at international level.

Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Commander 1 Corps, Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani.