COAS Visits Army Marksmanship Firing Ranges Near Jhelum
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Army Marksmanship Firing Ranges near Jhelum on December 16, 2017. He was the chief guest at the closing ceremony of 37th Pakistan Army Rifle Association (PARA) Central Meet, the mega shooting competition of the country.
A total of 811 firers including 142 civilians and 25 teams from three Services, Pakistan Rangers, Lahore Garrison Shooting Gallery, Federal Rifle Association and Pakistan Police from Punjab, Sindh and KP participated in 29 events during the four-week-long meet. Special feature of the meet was participation of war wounded officers and soldiers who had overcome various levels of combat disabilities. The Pakistan Army team scored maximum points becoming the champion in Inter Services Firing Competition.
COAS awarded the trophies and medals to the winners and runners-up in each category of the competition. The biggest military shooting honour, The Master at Arms Trophy, was awarded to Havildar Sadiq Badshah of the Bahawalpur Corps. The President’s Cup National Challenge Match Trophy was awarded to Sepoy Azeem Shah of Army team. The Prime Minister Skills at Arms (big bore) National Challenge Match was won by the Army. The COAS trophy was won by the Pakistan Air Force. The Chief of Air Staff pistol match was won by Pakistan Navy. The Best Shot Match Trophy Gp-2 was awarded to Naik Nazar Ali. Major General Ahsan Gulrez won two individual and three team medals during the competition.
While interacting with participants, COAS appreciated the shooters on their excellent standard of marksmanship. He said that shooting is one of the basic soldiering skills and mastery in this area is a proud achievement. He further said that December 16 is a day that we must never forget. Our enemy hurt us on this day at Peshawar three years ago. We have come out of this heart wrenching incident through national resilience and faith. COAS reiterated that we still have a lot to do to ensure that we completely defeat those who perpetrated that crime against us. He stated that while at the national level, the path is outlined in the National Action Plan, at the Army level, it is the pursuit of professional excellence and commitment which has turned the tide. The COAS concluded that the best way to pay homage to our Shuhada is through our contributions to the national strength in pursuit of national objectives.
Commanders of the Rawalpindi, Mangla, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan and Bahawalpur Corps, the Inspector General for Training and Evaluation, Insepector General Arms and other senior military officers were also present.
On December 5, 2017, a delegation comprising members of Standing Committee on Defence from both houses of the Parliament visited Chakothi and Nezapir sectors on Line of Control (LOC). The delegation was briefed about situation along the LOC, Cease Fire Violations (CFVs) by Indian Army and resultant loss of innocent civilian lives and damage to infrastructure. The delegates also visited Trade Facilitation Centre where they were apprised of intra-Kashmir trade activities. The delegation condemned Indian provocative CFVs and appreciated professional and befitting response by Pakistan Army while also protecting the civilian population of Indian Occupied Kashmir.