SARGODHA -  Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa yesterday visited PAF Mushaf Air Base in Sargodha and witnessed ongoing multinational exercise at Air Power Centre of Excellence (ACE).

Other than Pakistan, contingents of Royal Saudi Air force and Turkish Air force are participating in the exercise while eight countries are attending it as observers in two-weeks-long exercise that started on October 16.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa was briefed on the ACE training facility and the scope of exercise which is aimed at projecting mutual cooperation among the air forces and consolidating modern concepts, especially in the domain of counter-terrorism operations.

The chief of army staff thanked Pakistan Air Force for the opportunity to see the exercise and acknowledged PAF contributions/support in fight against terrorism. He hailed operational readiness and professional expertise of the PAF.

Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said the existing global security scenario, coupled with changing dynamics of warfare, calls up for enhanced partnership among the nations and their armed forces. He added the establishment of PAF ACE was a strategic initiative for developing a unique institution to share with friendly air forces the rare experiences PAF has gained in counter-terrorism operations. He further said the air operations have to remain in sync with surface operations to make decisive gains on the ground.

Upon arrival at the base, the COAS was received by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Abbasi, defence attachés of various countries and other senior officers from three services were present.