Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa emphasised on Wednesday the need for technological up-gradation and maximum indigenization for attaining self-reliance in the field of defense production.
Gen Bajwa was visiting Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Wah when he made the statement, according to military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
He was briefed on performance and growth of POF, research and development projects, future vision and strategy for implementation.
The army chief lauded the contribution of POF over the years towards national economy and stressed the need for improving the business model and the importance of excellence. He urged the POF to keep up for facing bravely the contemporary challenges, ISPR said.
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He also inaugurated multiple facilities including the Urea Formaldehyde Moulding Compound (UFMC) Plant, Station Headquarters building as well as the POF Colony, Sanjwal which will benefit more than 11000 families.
The UFMC plant is one of many POF production facilities that will not only cater for the demand in defence field but also towards the civilian industrial demand in the country, the ISPR statement said.
While addressing the POF officers and workers, COAS appreciated their invaluable contributions by making POF the prime defence industry of Pakistan.
Secretary MODP, Lieutenant General (retd) Ijaz Chaudhry and Chairman POF Wah Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani along with other senior civil and military officers were also present on the occasion.