Pakistan army chief calls for collective efforts to curb terrorism, offers counterterrorism training

Calling for collective efforts to curb the menace of terrorism in the region and worldwide, Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday said battle-hardened Pakistan military has vast experience of counterterrorism operations as well as modern training facilities.

“Terrorism is a menace that requires a collective response. Pakistan Army has vast experience of Counter Terrorism Operations as well as modern training facilities and we are happy to play a part in enabling Counter Terrorism response of multiple friendly countries,” Gen. Bajwa said during his visit to the Special Services Group (SSG) training area at Tarbela.

The army chief witnessed completion of eight weeks-long Counter Terrorism Training of Nigerian Special Forces Battalion by the SSG team.

The Nigerian contingent comprised of 440 trainees including 26 officers.

Nigeria is one of the five countries with the highest impact from terrorism as measured by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2016. Other countries besides Pakistan are Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. These countries accounted for 72 per cent of all deaths from terrorism in 2015.

The army chief appreciated the standard of training imparted and the results attained by the Nigerian trainee contingent.

Inspector General Training & Evaluation Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman, Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lt Gen Nadeem Raza, GOC SSG and Acting Nigerian High Commissioner, Mr Salisu Murtala Isa were also present on the occasion.

Pakistan also offers training to the forces of friendly countries at the SSG training center at Tarbela in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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