RAWALPINDI:(APS) December 1, 2015- General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), visited Army Aviation School Gujranwala today and witnessed the graduation ceremony of Basic Pilot Course – Serial 56.
Congratulating the graduating officers, COAS said that Modern Aviation capabilities are critical to the success of ongoing fight against terrorism, as well as thwarting conventional threats to the motherland. There has been tremendous development in Army Aviation and special efforts are made towards further advancement, not only in domain of combat aviation but in other categories as well, including cargo and smaller aircrafts, COAS emphasized.
COAS said that Army Aviation has proved its mettle not only in ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb but also has been always at the forefront to help the nation during natural calamities in earthquake / flood relief activities. Army’s significant achievements, over past few years, are greatly attributable to the active role of Army Aviation. The untiring efforts of aviation pilots and their sacrifices deserve highest accolade.
COAS appreciated the efforts of Army Aviation School for training professionally competent and dependable pilots and junior staff officers for the Corps of Army Aviation, COAS remarked.
Later, COAS attended Central Command War Games at Corps Headquarters Gujranwala and reviewed the Operational preparedness of our troops along working boundary and Line of Control (LOC).
Earlier on his arrival at Gujranwala, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Ikram Ul Haq, Commander Central Command.
Paying rich tributes to valour & sacrifice of 2 MP sldrs who embraced shahadat in a terrorist attack at Karachi, COAS said such terrorist acts.
Which aim to undermine progress of Op ZeA, can not shake our national resolve to root out terrorism from our soil once for all.
COAS instructed intelligence and security agencies to go to any length to apprehend the perpetrators.