Pakistan Army plans largest exercise since ’98

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Pakistan Army plans largest exercise since ’98

Islamabad:  The Pakistan Army will conduct a major field exercise from Saturday. Code-named Azm-i-Nau 3, it will be the largest since the Zarb-i-Momin war-games conducted in 1989. The ongoing PAF’s exercise High Mark 2010 will be fully integrated with the army field exercise which will continue till May 13.

Director General of Military Training Maj-Gen Muzammil Hussain said that the exercise was not against India. ‘India has been informed about the plan’.  All arms and services would be involved in the exercise, which, according to him, is ‘a culmination of a long and deliberate process of war-games, discussions and logistic evolution of the Concept of Warfare fully responsive to a wide menu of emerging threats’.

Gen Muzammil added the war game was a concept validation stage of the operational thought process manifested in the form of tactical, operational and organisational aspects which would be validated and refined through the lessons learnt. The process commenced with the army war-games named Exercise Azm-i-Nau-2, conducted in February this year.

“In the light of vision of Chief of Army Staff a comprehensive training package in the form of “Year of Training” in 2009-2010 was planned and now Pakistan Army is all set to go in the field to validate those concepts which were formulated during the “Year of Training”.