ISLAMABAD -  Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that sharing of best experiences through a series of exercises of Chinese and Pakistani troops has helped improve counter terror and combat skills.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief said this during his day-long visit to the National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC), Pabbi, where he witnessed the last day of two months Pak-China exercise “Warrior-4” with a focuss on high impact counter-terrorism operations both in rural and urban areas using heliborne and special forces of two the countries.

While speaking to officers and troops, the army chief emphasised that such exercises have integrated the two armies and “will help us to eliminate terrorism from the region”.

Gen Bajwa said that Pakistan’s newly built NCTC has been recognised as a world class facility and “is attracting other armies for training with our army”.

He appreciated the interest of friendly countries in training with the Pakistan army and said, “We will continue to offer our training services for defeating the menace of terrorism and bringing peace”.

The COAS also commended the staff of the training centre for training personnel of Rangers, police, ASF and other services.

Later, the Chinese military commander paid his gratitude to the Pakistan army for the highest standard of training and skills, an asset that China shall continue to benefit. “Our successful training and closeness will help further consolidate long term trusted strategic friendship of our two eternally friendly countries,” the Chinese commander said.    

The COAS also witnessed the first ever long range sniper shooting competition called “The Striker’s Cup”, in which 100 top civilian and military shooters participated.

The army chief awarded prizes to the best shooters. Major Junaid was declared the best shooter and won the striker’s cup.