Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited China during a 3 days official tour. The visit included his interactions with Chinese senior political and military leadership.
COAS held meetings in Beijing with Mr. Zhang Gaoli Executive Vice Premier, General Fan Changlong Vice Chairman Central Military Commission, General Fang Funghui, Chief of Joint Services Department and General Li Zuocheng Commander People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Matters related to regional security, economy, defence cooperation and mutual interest were discussed.
The Chinese leadership expressed complete understanding of the geo-political, economic and security environment of the region and its implications for both the countries. They acknowledged positive role being played by Pakistan towards peace and stability in the region with special mention of Pakistan's role in eliminating terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda (AQ), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), from Pakistan. Chinese leadership expressed their concern on Afghan security situation and growing potential threat of ISIS/ETIM in Afghanistan. The Chinese leadership expressed their confidence in security arrangements for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and satisfaction on progress of the project.
COAS thanked Chinese leadership for their support in defence and cooperation which is a source of strength for all-weather friendship between the two countries and their people. He reiterated that Pakistan Army shall continue to positively contribute towards regional stability and security. COAS thanked Chinese leadership for sending PLA contingent for participation in Pakistan Day Parade. Both sides agreed to continue and further increase their military to military cooperation.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also met Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi at Chinese Foreign Office Beijing. The minister expressed complete understanding of challenges faced by Pakistan, its geo-political relevance and contributions towards regional peace and stability. He said that China appreciates Pakistan's efforts to maintain good relationships with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan despite challenges. The minister thanked Pakistan for time tested support to China on core issues, and appreciated Pakistan's efforts for realization of CPEC as part of One Belt, One Road (OBOR). He reiterated Chinese full spectrum support to Pakistan.
COAS thanked the minister and China on their acknowledgements and support. He said that Pakistan greatly values its strong friendship with China and looks forward to carry on with same zeal. COAS thanked the minister for Chinese diplomatic support to Pakistan on core issues.
Various frontline aircrafts of Pakistan Air Force demonstrated a high level of speed, precision and lethality, during a fire power demonstration held at PAF Sonmiani Firing Range. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion.
The fire power demonstration started with a low level sonic boom by two Mirages flying over the range at supersonic speed. It was followed by formation fly past of frontline PAF fighter aircraft including JF-17 Thunder, F-16, Mirage, F-7PG & F-7P aircraft.
While addressing on the occasion, the Prime Minister highly appreciated the professionalism of PAF personnel and said, “PAF airmen and women are playing their part very well in Zarb-e-Azb and other campaigns against terrorists. I am proud of the fact that PAF is a key element of our counter terrorism operations in close coordination with Pakistan Army.”
Pakistan Conducts Successful Test of Cruise Missile
On December 14, Pakistan conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile. Babur Weapon System version-2 incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 km. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art navigational technologies of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and all-time Digital Scene Matching & Area Co-relation (DSMAC) which enable it to engage various types of targets with pinpoint accuracy even in the absence of GPS navigation. Babur Weapon System is an important force multiplier for Pakistan’s strategic defence.
The launch was witnessed by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, senior officers from Strategic Plans Division, Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee congratulated the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of great significance. He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed to the success of the launch.
Expressing his full confidence in the Strategic Command and Control System and the Army Strategic Forces Commands’ operational preparedness, CJCSC stated, “This test has further strengthened Pakistan’s deterrence capability”. The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan congratulated the scientists and engineers on the successful conduct of the missile test.