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COAS Gen. Kayani asks commanders to strive for excellence

04 July, 2013

JHELUM: COAS Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani taking aim during the concluding ceremony of Army Firing Competition 2013 at Army Firing Range in Jhelum.
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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday urged the commanders to strive for excellence in all fields, saying that the highest standard of training and quest for continuous improvement was the hallmark of any professional army.

He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the Army Firing Competition 2013 at the Army Firing Range in Jhelum.

Addressing the troops, he showed complete satisfaction on the standard of shooting skills achieved by the soldiers, meeting all objectives set for the year.

It is of note that in accordance with the training doctrine of the Pakistan Army, General Kayani had declared this year the "Year of Firing", with the aim to enhance the firing efficiency of individuals and units.

According to a statement, a number of new and innovative steps had been taken to realise the concept.

In this regard, an Army Marksmanship Unit had also been established, which is a "quantum leap towards improvement of firing standards of soldiers of the Pakistan Army".

"Yet another step is conduct of firing competitions within the army on new format using latest techniques. Similarly, a number of improvements in weapons and ammunition have also been introduced," the statement read.

The army chief gave away trophies and medals to the winner teams and individual shooters.

Naib Subedar Latif, Major Noman and Ishtiaq secured first, second and third positions, respectively, in G3 rifle match.

Lance Naik Shahidullah, Naik Azim and Naik Ghulam Mustafa secured first, second and third positions, respectively, in light machine gun match.

Gujranwala Corps claimed the overall trophy for the year.

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