#Day93: Pakistan Army Chief Visits LoC, ‘Completely Satisfied’ over Operational Preparedness

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General Raheel Sharif shakes hands with troops deployed on the other side of Line of Control in Haji Pir Sector during his visit on Sunday October 9, 2016. (KL Image: The Express Tribune)
General Raheel Sharif shakes hands with troops deployed on the other side of Line of Control in Haji Pir Sector during his visit on Sunday October 9, 2016. (KL Image: The Express Tribune)

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Sunday visited the Haji Pir sector of the Line of Control (LoC) and interacted with troops deployed there, the ISPR said.

The Pakistan army chief expressed his “complete satisfaction over high state of morale, operational preparedness and vigil” being maintained by Pakistan Army personnel along the LoC, the military’s media wing said.

General Raheel was also given a detailed briefing by the local formation commander on “operational preparedness” of the units and formation of the troops, the ISPR communiqué added.

Earlier on arrival, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Lt-Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal.

Earlier on Thursday, General Raheel said, “any aggression from the enemy would not go unpunished as the nation’s armed forces were prepared to respond to an entire spectrum of threats.”

Pakistan and India have been involved in a tense situation on the Line of Control with the former saying it had been responding befittingly to the “unprovoked
aggression.

On September 29, Indian military said it “carried out surgical strikes along the LoC”, a claim Pakistan denied and said that two of its soldiers had been killed as the former opened fire on the border.

On September 18, 18 Indian troopers were killed in an attack on a military base in Uri of Kashmir, heightening tensions between the two arch-rival nations.

Tensions were already rising between the nuclear armed countries since the July 8 killing of popular Kashmir militant commander Burhan Wani, leading to killing of over 94 civilians in forces action.

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