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COAS General Raheel Sharif in Bahawalpur on two-day visit

COAS General Raheel Sharif in Bahawalpur on two-day visit
February 25, 2016
BAHAWALPUR (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff  General Raheel Sharif on Thursday arrived on a two-day visit to Bahawalpur and Multan to witness ongoing exercises in the Cholistan Desert. The COAS visited training area near Fort Abbas and Dingarh and witnessed training exercise of Bahawalpur Corps where the operational capability of the field formations is being tested in near war environment to validate the new war fighting concept. The exercise involves large scale integrated maneuvers of infantry, mechanized forces, combat aviation and PAF. On arrival in the field area, the Chief of Army Staff 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, the COAS expressed his complete satisfaction over operational preparedness and training standards of the Army. 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 his arrival at Bahawalpur, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Bahawalpur Lt-Gen Javed Iqbal.