COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the closing ceremony of the 42nd Pakistan Army Rifle Association (PARA) Central Meet at Jhelum Garrison as the chief guest. The mega shooting event was conducted at Army Marksmanship Unit from August 22 to October 10, 2022. Over 2000 firers from Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Armed Forces (CAFs) including Rangers (Sindh, Punjab), Frontier Corps and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Scouts as well as civilians participated in the competition that comprised numerous events involving different ranges and types of weapons.
COAS and Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony, awarded trophies and medals to the winners and runners up in each shooting category. In Inter Formations Competition, Mangla Corps came first followed by Bahawalpur Corps. In the CAFs category, Punjab Rangers lifted the trophy while GB Scouts were the runners up. In the Inter-Services matches, Pakistan Army won three out of four contests including COAS, CAS and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) matches, while Pakistan Navy won Council of International Sports Military Shooting (CISM) match. Pakistan Navy stood runners up in COAS and CNS matches, while Pakistan Air Force (PAF) came second in the CAS match.
Pakistan Army won Shotgun, Long Range and Small Bore Trophies in Open National matches. Pakistan Navy won the Prime Minister ‘Skills at Arms’ Big Bore National Challenge match while Pakistan Army secured the second position.
The biggest military shooting honor, ‘The Master at Arms’ Trophy along with Gold Medal of 'National Rifle Association of UK' was awarded to Lance Naik Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of 112 Wing, GB Scouts. The President’s Cup National Challenge match trophy was awarded to Major Ahmad Jehanzeb of Army Marksmanship Unit. The Prime Minister 'Skills at Arms' Small Bore National Challenge Match was won by Pakistan Army. The 'Best Shot Match Trophy' was awarded to Lance Naik Allah Ditta of 165 Field Regiment Artillery. 22 Punjab won the first prize in para firing matches (infantry squad), a unique honor for the unit.
While interacting with the participants, COAS appreciated the firers for their excellent standards of marksmanship. Terming shooting skill as the hallmark of a professional soldier, he said attaining proficiency at shooting must remain at the heart of basic military training objectives.
Later, he also visited Jarikas where he inaugurated the newly-constructed buildings of Brigade Headquarters and Army Public School. While interacting with the officers and troops, he appreciated their remarkable achievements in the operational, training and administrative domains.
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