193,000 Troops involved in Tribal Areas fighting Terrorism
ISLAMABAD: It is estimated that around 193,000 troops are involved in counter-terrorism operations in tribal areas along the western borders.
In a recent event, the army chief witnessed the ‘break out battle’ of the mechanised elements of the armoured division which is a two-week long ‘offensive exercises’. The war games are held by formations of Central Command at Tilla Ranges near Jhelum.
The exercises are battle inoculation drill by Strike Corp’s Armoured Division, explained Military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa.
The COAS on Wednesday pledged to rid the country of terrorism. While addressing the troops, he said, “The whole nation is firmly standing alongside its armed forces to root out the menace of terrorism from the country and we will not stop short of accomplishing our mission, irrespective of the cost.”
Gen Sharif appreciated the skills and motivation of the troops involved in the exercises and said: “Strenuous training and highest standard of preparedness in peacetime are the only guarantors of peace.”
He said the army was fully prepared to deter and defeat any form of aggression across the entire spectrum of threat – implying both external and internal threats.
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