General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Lahore and met with senior serving /retired military officers at Corps Headquarters Lahore.
According to the media wing of Pakistan Army, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) COAS had an interactive session on wide-ranging issues including professional matters, the security situation in the region, measures to optimize dividends of peace and stability and also the challenges and opportunities.
At the end the participants shared multifarious suggestions and thanked COAS for the candid discussion.
ISPR said, General Jehangir Karamat (Retired), General Ahsan Saleem Hyat (Retired), General Tariq Majid (Retired), General Rashad Mahmood (Retired) and General Raheel Sharif (Retired) were also present during the interaction.
On arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Majid Ehsan, Commander Lahore Corps.
Earlier COAS spent time with troops on Eid day, commended their high morale, operational readiness and continuous vigil being maintained along the LOC.
While interacting with troops, COAS said that Eid-ul-Azha epitomizes the essence of unconditional sacrifice. “No one understands this spirit of sacrifice better than a soldier. Let us also reiterate our pledge to always stand by our Kashmiri brethren braving Indian atrocities for their right of self-determination despite all odds.
The Pak Army Chief said, “We are aware of the enemy’s design to destabilize our country and this region. Pakistan Army is fully prepared and capable of thwarting any such covert or overt undertakings.”
Corps Commander Rawalpindi Corps, Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas received COAS at the LOC.
Meanwhile, COAS also visited AFIC and NIHD (Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology And National Institute of Heart Diseases) and performed earth breaking of NEPCARD (NIHD Centre of Excellence in Prevention and Cardiovascular Research and Development) where indigenous research on heart diseases will be carried out including their preventive measures.