The Opening Ceremony of Pakistan-Kazakhstan Joint Military Exercise “Dostarym III” was held at National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), Pabbi, on August 25, 2021. The joint exercise was held as part of biennial exercise mechanism between the two Armies. The first joint exercise was held in 2017 in Pakistan and later in 2019 in Kazakhstan.
The exercise was aimed to develop, strengthen and bolster military cooperation between the two countries in the face of emerging counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency domains. Special Forces of both the countries took part in hostage and rescue, compound clearance, heli rappelling and Close Quarter Battle (CQB), and exchanged the first-hand experience and ideas. The exercise focused on integrated synergy, interoperability, quick decision-making and swift action at the tactical level. The exercise further reinforced mutual cooperation and understanding between the two states to effectively counter the threats.
Director General Military Training, Major General Ahsan Gulrez, graced the occasion during the closing ceremony, held on August 31, 2021, as the chief guest. Military officials of Kazakhstan were also present at the ceremony.
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