RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited training area near Kharian to witness the closing ceremony of International Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) competition on Wednesday.
Being one of the toughest military competitions, PATS was aimed at testing survival Skills and physical limits of the participants in short period of time spread over 62 hours, including 25 field events.
Apart from Pakistan Army and PAF, 16 foreign countries including Belarus, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, KSA, Maldives, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Uzbekistan participated in the event conducted from March 1-3 in challenging terrain at NCTC and surrounding areas.
The COAS distributed prizes among the winners and runners-up.
Karachi Corps was declared overall best team, Multan Corps runners-up while Rawalpindi Corps secured the third place. Turkey clinched the gold medal in International Teams while KSA, Sri Lanka and South Africa teams awarded silver medal. The Pakistan Air Force got bronze medal.
Speaking on the occasion, COAS congratulated the participants for successful completion of the event. “Sharing of the best experiences through series of events will improve combat skills and help integrate armies of participant countries. Training and team work are the hallmark of every soldier, confronted with multifarious challenges in diverse terrain, one has to be in the best physical and mental fitness for a robust and prompt response,” COAS emphasized.
The COAS said that spirit of sacrifice and patriotism, makes a force formidable in the face of any adversity. The COAS thanked all foreign participants for being part of the event and for showing their prowess.
Commanders Mangla and Gujranwala Corps, senior military officials from Pakistan Army, PAF and defence attaches from various countries were present on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention that National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) being state-of-the-art facility with a large capacity to impart quality training to combating terrorism, in all kinds of terrain has been recognized as a world class training facility attracting other armies for training with Pakistan Army.