Pakistan President appreciates high state of preparedness of armed forces


Bahawalpur (Pakistan) : President Pervez Musharraf Monday said the state of preparedness, equipment and training of the Armed Forces was of the highest order.

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Addressing the officers Junior Commissioned Officers and men during a farewell visit to Self Propelled (SP) Regiment Artillery the President said defence of the country has been made impregnable.

He said Pakistan Army was one of the best in the world, that has not only ensured security of the country but has also contributed substantially towards various national development programmes.

Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was present during the visit.

President Pervez Musharraf was commissioned in the 16 Self Propelled (SP) Regiment Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1961. He saw action in the 1965 war as a young officer in Khem Karan, Lahore and Sialkot Sectors with 16 SP.

The President said that he was proud to have been commissioned in one of the finest units of Artillery and has played a vital role in defence of the country both during peace and war.

A farewell dinner was also hosted by Garrison Officers for President Pervez Musharraf. COAS, Corps Commander and all officers attended the event.

On arrival in 16 SP, President was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Raza Muhammad Khan, General Officer Commanding Major General Javed Iqbal and Lieutenant Colonel Aijaz Ali Khan, Commanding Officer 16 Self Propelled Regiment, Artillery.