REF:

Rawalpindi - September 15, 2008

No PR-17/2008-ISPR

COAS VISITS SIACHEN

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that it was the manifestation of Pakistan Army’s resolve that no odds could deter it from pursuing its obligations towards national defence. He made these remarks during his visit to forward posts on the Line of Actual Contact and Line of Control in Northern Areas. He was accompanied by Lieutenant General Mohsin Kamal, Corps Commander.

Chief of Army Staff met troops at various locations deployed at the world’s highest battlefield of Siachen and surrounding areas on the Line of Actual Contact. He paid tributes to troops who were facing rigours of terrain and inhospitable weather in safeguarding the frontiers of the country. Chief of Army Staff lauded the high state of morale of troops.

Talking informally to troops, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that the nation held them in high esteem. This national support was crucial to synergize national effort. He exhorted troops to devote themselves fully towards enhancing their professional skills and maintain highest state of preparedness and never lower their guard. He highlighted the national consensus that exists on Kashmir issue.

On arrival, Chief of Army Staff was given a detailed briefing on operational preparedness and situation by General Officer Commanding, Major General Muzammil Hussain in his area of responsibility on the Line of Actual Contact and Line of Control.

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