Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Army marksmanship Firing Ranges near Jhelum.
He was chief guest at closing ceremony of 37th Pakistan Army Rifle Association (PARA) Central Meet, the mega shooting competition of the country.
A total of 811 firers including 142 civilians and 25 teams from three services, Pakistan Rangers, Lahore Garrison Shooting Gallery, Federal Rifle association and Pakistan Police from Punjab, Sind and KPK participated in 29 events during the four weeks long PARA meet.
Special feature of the meet was participation by War Wounded officers and soldiers who had overcome various levels of combat disabilities. Team of Pakistan Army scored maximum points to become champion in Inter Services Firing Competition.
COAS awarded the trophies and medals to the winners and runners up in each category of shooting.
Biggest Military Shooting honour “The Master at Arms Trophy was awarded to Hav Sadiq Badshah of Bahawalpur Corps. The President’s Cup National Challenge Match Trophy was awarded to sepoy Azeem Shah of Army team.
The Prime Minister “Skills at Arms” big bore National Challenge Match was won by Pak Army . COAS trophy was won by Pakistan Air Force.
Chief of Air Staff pistol match was won by Pakistan Navy. The “Best Shot Match Trophy” Gp – 2 was awarded to Nk Nazar Ali
Major General Ahsan Gulrez won two individual and three team medals during the competition.
While interacting with participants, COAS appreciated the shooters on their excellent standard of marksmanship.
He said that shooting is one of the basic soldiering skills and mastery in this is a proud achievement. He said that 16 Dec is a day that we must never forget. Our enemy hurt us on this day at Peshawar three years back. We have come out of this heart wrenching incident through national resilience and faith.
However, we still have a lot to do to ensure that we completely defeat them who perpetrated that crime against us, COAS reiterated. While at national level, the path is outlined in National Action Plan, at the Army level, it is the pursuit of professional excellence and commitment which has turned the tide.
In this regard, activities like firing competitions play a vital role COAS emphasised . The best way to pay homage to our Shuhada is through our contributions to the national strength in pursuit of national objectives, COAS concluded.
Commanders of Rawalpindi, Mangla, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur Corps, Inspector General training and evaluation, Insepector General Arms and other senior military officers were also present. – APP