ISLAMABAD:Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that spirit of sacrifice and patriotism plays key role in enabling soldiers to confront multifarious challenges in diverse terrain.
According to a Radio report, he said this during his visit to training area near Kharian to witness closing ceremony of International Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) competition.
The Army Chief emphasized that training and team work are the hallmark of every soldier, and one has to be in the best physical and mental fitness for a robust and prompt response.
He said sharing of best experiences through series of events will help improve combating skills and integrate armies of participant countries. He thanked all foreign participants for being part of the event and for showing their prowess.
He also distributed prizes among the winners and runner up. In the competition, Karachi Corps was declared overall best team, Multan Corps runner up while Rawalpindi Corps remained 3rd.
Turkey clinched gold medal in International Teams while Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and South Africa teams awarded silver medal. Pakistan Air Force got Bronze medal.
Apart from Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, 16 foreign countries including Belarus, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uzbekistan participated in the event.