Pakistan-China joint anti-terror exercise concludes in Pabbi

Nowshera: Pakistan-China joint anti-terror exercise concluded on at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in the Pabbi area.

The Joint Anti-Terrorist Exercise (JATE)-2021’s closing ceremony was held at the NCTC in Pabbi area of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Nowshera district, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the military’s media wing – said.

This was the first-ever military exercise conducted in Pakistan under the ambit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS), the ISPR stated.

The exercise focused on enhancing cooperation and cohesiveness in combating international terrorism.

“Chinese and Pakistani troops participated in the exercise and shared their experiences of capacity building and innovative approaches/methods on emerging technologies being used to counter the evolving threats,” the official statement added.

The exercise was conducted in two stages. Stage one of the training was conducted in respective SCO member countries from July 26-31 while stage two was conducted in Pakistan from September 21 to October 4.

During the two weeks long training, the ISPR said, participating troops from China and Pakistan extensively practiced various drills as part of the Joint Counter-Terrorism Operations from planning to conduct – including Cordon and Search, Compound Clearance, Close Quarter Battle, Rappelling from Helicopter, Explosive Handling and Medical Evacuation.

Lieutenant General Shaheen Mazher Mehmood, Commander Central Command, was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.