Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said Pakistan has successfully neutralised malicious propaganda against it and “elements trying to isolate Pakistan must now see how it (Pakistan) is actually valued and honoured by its friends” the world over.
The statement appeared to be a clear taunt against India which had unleashed a tirade of allegations to get Pakistan declared a ‘rogue state’.
In addition to Pakistan Army, teams from China, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Thailand and the UK are participating in the event. The competition, aimed at testing survival skills and physical endurance, is spread over 72 hours and include 23 field events, focusing on counterterrorism operations.
The army chief interacted with members of foreign teams and highlighted the importance of physical fitness and the spirit of team work.
Stressing the need for a collective response, Gen Qamar said terrorism was affecting the entire world. Pakistan, he said, was a peace-loving country and significantly contributed towards regional and international peace and stability.