Gen Qamar witnesses military exercise 'Taskheer-e-Jabal' in AJK

Continued practice of operational drills imperative for effective response to wide-ranging threats, says COAS


News Desk June 02, 2021
The exercise is aimed at enhancing operational preparedness of formations, encompassing defensive and offensive tasks during various contingencies within an operational cycle. SCREENGRAB

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited the field training area near Kotli in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The military's media wing said that the army chief was briefed about conduct modalities of a Corps level exercise "Taskheer-e-Jabal".

"The exercise is aimed at enhancing operational preparedness of formations, encompassing defensive and offensive tasks during various contingencies within an operational cycle," the official statement added.

It said that the troops and units participating in the exercise will rehearse various defensive and offensive manoeuvres in the mountainous terrain.

Appreciating the dedication and professionalism of participating troops, the COAS expressed satisfaction over combat readiness of the formation, according to the ISPR.

"Rigorous training and continued practice of operational drills are imperative for effective response to wide-ranging threats," Gen Qamar emphasised.

Also read: Pakistan Army troops practice survival drills in Thar Desert

Earlier, on arrival, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas.

In February, Gen Qamar had visited a training area in the Thar Desert near Chhor and witnessed an exercise wherein the operational capability of field formations operating in the desert was being tested near a battlefield environment.

While lauding the standard of training of troops, the army chief had said that vigorous training and the highest standard of preparedness in peacetime are the only guarantors of peace, the ISPR added.

"The training exercise Jidar-ul-Hadeed involves integrated manoeuvres of infantry and mechanised forces in a defensive role," the statement added.

On arrival in the field area, the COAS was given a detailed briefing by exercise commander on the aim and objectives of ongoing exercise and drills/procedures being practised to ensure complete dominance of the battlefield.

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