ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that he takes pride in leading an army, which has served the nation by successfully combating terrorism and is prepared to respond to any conventional threat on borders for defence of the motherland.

The COAS stated this during his visit to formation of Sialkot Corps on Friday where he witnessed final phase of operational exercise by an Infantry Division.

According to a statement issued by ISPR, the COAS appreciated battle procedures and operational proficiency of the participants.

Speaking on the occasion, the COAS said that we cannot afford to ignore our preparations and readiness for conventional response despite our commitments in ongoing Operation Radd ul Fasaad.

He said our experience of sub-conventional operations is an addition towards our combat worthiness. He said that a professional army being well trained, equipped and practised deters war.

The COAS said that he takes pride in leading an Army which by the grace of Allah Almighty has served the nation by successfully combating terrorism and is prepared to respond to any conventional threat on borders for defence of the motherland.