Aug 022017

A group of students and faculty members from University of Central Punjab visited Army Garrison in Lahore. According to ISPR, the programme was specifically organized to enlighten the students on routine functioning of Pakistan Army, its organization and defence capability. The students visited military units and field formations and had an informal interaction with officers and soldiers. They applauded the state of morale, commitment and professional competence of Pak Army.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Jun 072017
Pak Army responds to 'unprovoked' firing by Indian troops along LoC: ISPR

Tense relations Indian border troops resorted to "unprovoked" firing along the Line of Control (LoC) late on Wednesday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said."Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along LoC in Nakyal and Kayani sectors with heavy weapons and mortars," said the ISPR statement.The statement made no mention of any casualties."Pakistan army responded effectively on Indian posts to silent guns targeting civilians," read the ISPR statement.The latest incident of cross-border firing comes days after two individuals were killed and six others injured when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC.Tense relations Incidents of cross-border firing have become a norm since the last months of 2016 as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue. Exchanges of fire have been reported sporadically since the new year began.Following the Uri army base attack in September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to 'isolate' Pakistan diplomatically.In the days following the attack, India claimed to have conducted a cross-border 'surgical strike' against 'launch pads of terror' in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan strongly rejected.Pakistan maintains that India has been attempting to divert the world's attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.Tensions between the two countries soared recently as India approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to secure consular access for Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial (FGCM) in Pakistan over his involvement in espionage and terrorism.In a [Read More…]

May 042017

Three more hardcore terrorists tried by the military courts have been executed, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday. According to the military’s media wing, the terrorists committed heinous offences relating to terrorism, i.e. killing of innocent civilians, attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies. All three convicts, Hussan Dar, Umer Zada and Hazrat Ali were active members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also possessed explosives. The convicts, the statement added, admitted their offences before the magistrate and the trial court, and were awarded death sentences. The execution came a day after the military hanged four convicts. After much ado, the military courts were given an extension in March this year for another two years. The courts were established through a constitutional amendment in the backdrop of the gory incident of Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014, which claimed lives of more than 150 people, mostly children. The post Three more ‘hardcore’ terrorists executed appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

May 012017
ISPR denies Indian claim of two soldiers killed, mutilated by Pak Army in LoC attack

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday refuted Indian army claims that Pakistani soldiers had killed two members of an Indian army patrol on the Line of Control (LoC) and mutilated their bodies, saying Pakistani soldiers would never disrespect another soldier, even if they were Indian. "Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the LoC or a BAT action in Buttal sector as alleged by India," said the ISPR statement. BAT refers to 'Border Action Team'."Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies are also false," added the ISPR statement. "Pakistan Army is a highly professional force and shall never disrespect a soldier even Indian," the ISPR statement said in response to the allegations. The Indian Army had earlier claimed that Pakistani forces fired rockets and mortars at two Indian posts along the LoC.“In a unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated,” the Indian Army claimed in a statement, adding that the "despicable act will be appropriately responded".The claim from the Indian side came via a tweet from the verified account of the Indian Army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information.The two armies have been facing off for decades across the LoC, an old ceasefire line through the region that both countries claim in full but rule in part.Tense relations The two countries have once again locked horns over the Kashmir issue after Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters in held Kashmir after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan [Read More…]

Sep 152016

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited the Bajaur Agency and offered Eid prayers with Army and FC troops, an ISPR press release said. The COAS, the ISPR stated, also reviewed the ongoing stablisation operations, rehabilitation/reconstruction efforts and measures to enforce border management along Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the agency. Commending the soldiers for rendering countless sacrifices, he appreciated their high state of morale regardless of remoteness of the area and celebrating the Eid away from their families. According to the ISPR statement, tribal elders also joined the Army Chief in offering Eid prayers and spent time with him. While talking with tribal elders, the COAS praised their sacrifices in the cause of eliminating terrorists and restoring peace in the area. He urged them to continue supporting the security forces for keeping the writ of the state which “is now helping us bring about development and prosperity in the Agency”. The COAS reiterated the nation’s resolve and said that the armed forces would not leave the area without completing the job of bringing peace, completing rehabilitation and transferring administrative control to an institutionalised mechanism. Later, tribal elders thanked Pakistan Army and the COAS for eliminating terrorists and assured him that they would continue to support the security forces for keeping peace in the agency and would never allow terrorists to return to their areas. Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2016. The post Operations in tribal belt: Army won’t leave until peace is restored, says Gen Raheel appeared [Read More…]

Jan 292016

RAWALPINDI: While it may be a source of comfort to a few, yet most have shown concern over General Raheel Sharif’s announcement declining any extension in service given to him. Their main concern is the unfinished task of eliminating terrorism in Pakistan. Let me assure people that anyone succeeding General Raheel will have no other option but to continue with his policies in this respect. There is a strong overall feeling in the armed forces that there is no alternative to the ‘Pakistan first’ theory and every other consideration is subservient to it. Therefore, the army chief, whosoever he may be, would have to keep in view the sentiments of the force that he commands.I am sure by now the authorities are aware that no three-star general can reach such a height in the army unless he has the requisite ability, years of practical experience and the overall merit to make it. They would also know that the matter of choice and preference seldom works in winning over personal loyalties. It would, therefore, be appropriate to pass on the command to the next senior-most lieutenant general in line. However, even that doesn’t happen, as long as the person in command prioritises ‘Pakistan first’, there’s no reason to fear his authority.Colonel (retd) Riaz JafriPublished in The Express Tribune, January 29th,  2016.Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.The post General Raheel’s retirement appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed [Read More…]

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