Graduation Ceremony of National Security and War Course Held at NDU, Islamabad

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Khalid Shameem Wynne has said that “the security environment we face today and into the future is increasingly fluid and shaped by a dynamic mix of continuing and emerging challenges and opportunities. The concept of national security has evolved and broadened to include non-traditional threats such as transnational crime, natural disasters and pandemics”. He made these remarks while addressing the graduation ceremony of National Security and War Course at National Defence University, Islamabad.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne awarding degrees during the graduation ceremony of National Security and War Course at National Defence University, Islamabad today.

While addressing the audience Chairman JCSC said “we are combating whole heartedly the menace of extremism and terrorism from our society. The people and the Armed Forces of Pakistan have taken up this challenge and our soldiers as well as innocent civilians are sacrificing their lives for this cause. He further said that Pakistan has every intention of preserving its territorial integrity. We seek nothing beyond secure frontiers and pose no threat to any country and will accept no pressure for standing up for our principles.
While dilating upon the peace and stability of the region. He said, “I must also point out that as long as the regional disputes, specially Kashmir, remains unresolved, stability will remain a distant dream, we must therefore continue for a just solution of the Kashmir dispute as it is only fair to all the people who dwell in this region”.
Congratulating the graduates comprising Armed Forces officers, civil bureaucrats of Pakistan and senior officers from friendly countries on successful completion of the course, General Khalid expressed hope that the enhanced knowledge, competence, capacity for analysis and decision making would make them an asset for a nation and the world at large, he also applauded the efforts of the faculty and management of National Defence University.
Earlier on arrival at NDU, Chairman JCSC was received by Lieutenant General Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq (President NDU).

Airmen Passing Out Parade Held at PAF base, Korangi Creek

Passing out of Aero Tech and Aero Support Entry was held here at PAF Base, Korangi Creek. A PAF press release here on Friday said that Air Marshal Waseem ud din, Acting Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest of the ceremony.
He said on the occasion that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is a highly professional force that is committed to provide an invincible defence shield to the aerial frontiers of Pakistan.
Addressing the Aero Apprentices and all invitees, he emphasized that Pakistan is facing daunting challenges of internal and external security.
In order to meet such challenges, Pakistan Air Force has taken bold decisions to induct hi-tech weapon systems. However, he added, that such developments call for a complete transformation and necessitate incorporation of a corresponding concept of maintenance in the PAF.
Pakistan Air Force ensures such balance through professional excellence and quality training that is periodically reviewed to incorporate contemporary training concepts and methodologies.
Pakistan Air Force while meeting the challenges of the defence also remains committed along with the nation in fulfilling its all national obligations.
A total of 310 Aero Apprentices including personnel from Pakistan Navy and friendly countries successfully completed their technical training.
Five trophies were awarded to the passing out Apprentices; Three in academics, one in General Service Training and one for the Overall Best Performance.
Asghar Khan Trophy for the Best in Aeronautics Technology was awarded to AC Muhammad Usman; Noor Khan Trophy for the Best in Avionics Technology was awarded to AC Muhammad Mansha; Zafar Chaudhry Trophy for best in Aero Support Technology from School of Aeronautics was awarded to AC Hassan Ejaz; Trophy for the Best in General Service Training was awarded to AC Wg Sgt Maqsood Aalam, and Chief of the Air Staff’s Trophy for the Overall Best Performance was awarded to AC Muhammad Usman. Air Commodore Tariq Nazir, Base Commander PAF Base, Korangi Creek, presented the course report. Felicitating the Aero Apprentices for this singular honour, thechief guest wished them bright future and success in their future assignments.
He also commended the instructional staff for their sincere endeavors and commitment to the cause of training.

New Indian COAS: General Bikram Singh Assumes Charge as India’s 25th COAS

General Bikram Singh assumes charge as the Chief of Army Staff on May 31, 2012.  He becomes the 25th chief of the world’s second-largest army.

He was commissioned on March 31, 1972, into the Sikh Light Infantry (SIKHLI) Regiment. His colleagues remember him as a bright cadet at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), where he held the appointment of Battalion Cadet Adjutant (BCA).

The affable cadet, known as ‘Bikki’ to his friends, topped the Young Officer’s course at the Infantry School and was adjudged the ‘Best Young Officer.’ He was also awarded the prestigious ‘Commando Dagger’ for being the best commando along with ‘Best in Tactics’ trophy.

It was during his tenure as an instructor at the Commando Wing of the Infantry School that General Singh met the woman he would marry. Then a young Captain, he met, Surjeet Kaur – popularly known as ‘Bubbles’ in army circles – at a family wedding. “It indeed was love at first sight,” the General recalled.  “Within a week, things were arranged and we got engaged. However, I was not happy with the marriage being fixed after six months. So, I called her up from Belgaum and told her to be prepared for marriage within a month. Of course, this required convincing parents and family members on both sides.” Bubbles joined him at the Commando Wing of the Infantry School within the stated time-frame.

“During various demonstrations that used to be organised for the public, I ensured that Bubbles was present to see and appreciate our commando skills and techniques,” he shared.
“Bikki’s friends ensured that for nearly a month-and-half, I didn’t have to cook any meal after I joined him. Either we were invited to a friend’s house or they would send us meals at home,” says his wife.  They have two sons.

After the ‘Higher Command Course’, he served his first tenure in the Military Operations (MO) Directorate. The tenure, as a Director, coincided with the Kargil war and he was assigned to brief the media on the daily progress of the conflict. Later, he was also made responsible for writing the official version of the war history.

He went on to serve four more important tenures at Army HQ which included one additional tenure in the MO Directorate as the Deputy Director General, thereafter, two tenures in the Perspective Planning Directorate, initially as the Deputy Director General of Perspective Planning (Strategy) and later, as the head of the Army’s ‘Think Tank’ as the Additional Director General (the appointment now has since been upgraded to the post of Director General). He would later return to Army HQ as a Lieutenant General to serve as the Director General Staff Duties (DGSD) that facilitates the overall functioning of various branches of Army HQ, and serves as an interface with other government agencies besides looking at the Indian Army’s training teams abroad and UN peacekeeping operations.

In between the ‘Staff’ roles, Gen Bikram Singh went on to command several other operational field formations. These include command of a Rashtriya Rifles Sector in South Kashmir, an Infantry Division in J&K and the prestigious 15 Corps at Srinagar. His tenure later as the Army Commander of Eastern Command was also marked by significant improvements in both the conventional and sub-conventional war-fighting arenas.

As a Brigadier, he was selected to attend the US Army War College, Pennsylvania, where besides excelling in academics he also won the International Toastmaster’s award in public speaking.

His international forays with peace-keeping missions include two assignments with the United Nations in Central America (ONUCA and ONUSAL) and as the Deputy Force Commander and GOC of Eastern Division in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Colleagues remember him for being a ‘soldier’s soldier’ for spending time and working hard with his troops on the ground.

Gifted with a razor-sharp memory for details, General Singh is known to often surprise old friends – even those he has not met in decades – with references to their family members and memories of time spent together.

The army chief as a young boy studied at Punjab Public School, Nabha. An avid sportsman, cricket, athletics and hockey were his favourite games in school. Singing and painting were his other talents that also fetched him awards in school. “Classical songs and ghazals are my favourites,” he reveals.

As a young student, the chief had considered becoming a doctor. He was an exceptional student of Zoology and Biology. But the wars of 1962 and 1965 motivated him to join the NDA in 1968. When asked whether he ever regrets the choice made, Gen Bikram says, “If I were ever to be born again, I would only join the Indian army.

via NDTV

Pakistan Conducts Successful Flight Test of Hatf-VIII (Ra’ad)

Pakistan, today conducted a successful Flight Test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile, Hatf-VIII (Ra’ad).  The Ra’ad Missile, with a range of over 350 KM, enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at Sea. ‘Cruise Technology’ is extremely complex and has been developed by only a few countries in the world.  The state of the art Ra’ad Cruise Missile with Stealth Capabilities is a Low Altitude, Terrain Hugging Missile with high maneuverability, and can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin point accuracy.

A major additional feature of today’s test was the effective employment of the National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS).  It has enabled robust Command and Control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC).  The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path.
The successful launch has been commended by the President, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

Pakistan Army Declares Gayari Victims as Martyrs

 52 days have passed since the tragic incident of Gayari. Notwithstanding the resolve of troops employed on search operations, excavation work is taking time due to constraints imposed by terrain and weather. Through their untiring efforts, bodies of three shuhada have been recovered, so far. Nature and magnitude of the calamity is suggestive of no probability of recovering any person alive.
In this back drop, religious leaders of prominence from all sects and factions were consulted. Aspects related to socio religious dimensions / implications, requirements to initiate the process of documentation, and reduction of the sufferings of the bereaved families have been evaluated in detail. From this deliberate exercise, it has been decided to declare the remaining brave soldiers as “Shuhada”. This is being done with mixed feelings of pride, grief and above all unflinching resolve to continue all out efforts to recover the bodies of all shuhada.

Pak Maritime Force Potential Resilient, Credible: Naval Chief

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila has reiterated that Pakistan cannot remain oblivious of evolving regional maritime environment and consolidating its maritime force potential. Admiral Asif Sandila was speaking at the Convocation ceremony of 41st Pakistan Navy Staff Course held at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore on Friday.

“We are a peace loving nation but our maritime interests have to be safeguarded” the Naval Chief said. He said Pakistan continue to collaborate with Global and regional navies to deal with piracy and terrorism and this is evident from our participation in CTF-150 and 151. Holding of multi-national Exercises such as the AMAN series is another testimony to our commitment to peace and stability in this region.

The Naval Chief said in view of the emerging developments, we are consolidating our maritime force potential across the conflict spectrum and make certain that it remains “resilient and credible”.

Admiral Sandila, appreciating efforts of graduating officers, said that your graduation today should bring you a step closer to the reality that in your hands rests the future of our service. While extending his heartiest congratulations to all Pakistan & allied officers on completion of their important landmark, he commended the Commandant and the Faculty for their progressive and dynamic approach in academic activities to deliver in line with contemporary needs.

The Chief Guest awarded degrees upon the graduates including 78 Pakistan Navy Officers, 2 Officers each from Pakistan Army and Airforce and 13 Officers from Allied countries of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Qater, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and UAE. Earlier, in his address, the Commandant Pakistan Navy War College highlighted the demanding activities undertaken by the graduate officers with dedication during the entire course. Commander Qatari Emiri Naval Forces, a large number of distinguished guests, and Flag Officers attended the ceremony.

Wreckage Of Missing Army Aviation Helicopter Found

Major Zahid was part of the famous PTV drama Parwaz-e-Junoon that was aired last year.

WAZIRABAD: The debris of an Army Aviation helicopter, which went missing near Wazirabad earlier on Wednesday, has been found, Express News reported. The helicopter was flying over Chenab River. A pilot and a trainee officer were reported to have been on board when the helicopter went missing.

The debris of the helicopter was found from the Chenab River. The doors of the helicopter were found open and the seat-belts broken. The search for Pilot Major Zahid Bari and trainee officer Captain Irfan Ahmed is still underway.