ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa emphasised war readiness and enhanced interoperability with China on Friday.
Gen Bajwa said in his remarks at an air base he visited to observe the Pak-China Joint Air Exercise Shaheen-IX, that joint exercises with China were necessary “to increase the fighting readiness of both countries to face emerging geo-strategic challenges.”
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The Shaheen-IX drills, in which the Pakistan Air Force and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force are active, are being conducted in Pakistan this year. Since 2011, they have been held routinely, rotating between the two continents.
Because of the rivalry over Kashmir, India and Pakistan have a long-standing, strained relationship. Nevertheless, India’s deadly clashes with China this year the first in almost 45 years, have dramatically altered the region’s defence dynamics.
The comments of Gen Bajwa on the two countries strengthening their fighting readiness and interoperability are very interesting in this sense.
Gen Bajwa said The joint exercise will significantly improve the fighting capacity of both air forces, as well as strengthen interoperability with each other with greater strength and harmony.”
The Chief of the Army also called for enhancing inter-service harmony and synergy to boost operational efficiency.
He praised PAF’s integrity and commitment and its high moral values and noted that PAF personnel’s professionalism made it one of the best air forces in the world.