COAS terms shooting skills hallmark of professional soldier
RAWALPINDI: (Suno News) While terming shooting skill the hallmark of a professional soldier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir Tuesday said attaining proficiency at shooting must remain at the heart of basic military training objectives.
COAS stated these remarks as Chief Guest at the closing ceremony of the 43rd Pakistan Army Rifle Association (PARA) Central Meet held at Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) Jhelum, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The mega-shooting event was conducted from October 3 to November 7, 2023. Over 2000 firers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Civil Armed Forces including Rangers (Sindh & Punjab), Frontier Corps, and Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts as well as civilians participated in the competition.
COAS and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony, awarded trophies and medals to the award winners and runners-up in each category.
In the Inter-Services matches, the Pakistan Army won all four contests including CJCSC, COAS, CAS, and CNS matches, while the Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force achieved 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Pakistan Army secured the overall Championship Trophy while Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force achieved 2nd and 3rd positions.
The President’s Cup National Challenge match trophy was awarded to Naik Waseem of the Army Marksmanship Unit. Pakistan Army won the Prime Minister ‘Skills at Arms’ Big Bore National Challenge. Pakistan Rangers Punjab won the first prize in para firing matches (infantry squad).
The highest military shooting honor, ‘The Master at Arms’ Trophy was awarded to Lance Naik Banaras of the 30 Frontier Force Regiment. The ‘Best Shot Match Trophy’ was awarded to Naik Sher Afzal of 82 (SP) Medium Regiment Artillery.
While interacting with the participants, COAS appreciated the firers for their excellent standards of marksmanship.
Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Inspector General Training and Evaluation.