COAS visited UAE

In current situation, when Pakistan is facing terrorism and fighting against it through Zarb-e-Azb, it is necessary for the leaders of the state to keep in contact with International Community. Until and unless the leaders of the country wouldn’t have strong communication with their own people and with the leaders of international community, there wont be confidence on Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and extremism.

Last month, United Arab Emirates organized International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The International Defence Exhibition & Conference is a biennial arms and defence technology sales exhibition. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, IDEX is the largest arms exhibition in the Middle East.

As a leading defence and maritime events of the region, IDEX attract more than 80,000 attendees from the world and the surrounding regions of the Middle East, Africa and Subcontinent. The central location of UAE within the Middle East attracts visitors from countries of the surrounding regions. These include representatives from each of the GCC (UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia), North Africa, Europe and the US. The Official Delegations of IDEX include individuals and representatives from Defence Ministers, Chiefs of Staff and Army, Navy and Airforce Commanders of all countries.

This year, Pakistan army participated in IDEX 2015. Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif went to UAE on 22nd February. He not only attended IDEX but also held meetings with military officials of UAE. He had one to one meeting with Chief of UAE Armed forces General Hamad Mohammad Thani Al Rumelthy and discussed matters of bilateral defence and security cooperation. The issues of regional security along with security collaboration were also discussed between the two Generals.

UAE leadership is looking forward to increase training of their troops from Pakistan Army. Leadership of UAE appraised achievements of Pakistan army in their military operation Zarb-e-Azb. The visitors of IDEX got to know about the capability and work of Pakistan army through the stalls.

The work done by Pakistani soldiers for peace and stability of the region are priceless and are being acknowledged by international leaders as well. Pakistan needs to project its efforts about curbing terrorism through ventures like IDEX.

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