PATS Kicks Off: Photo provided by ISPR

Dawood Ahmed: 

ISLAMABAD: The opening ceremony of the 7th International Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) Exercise-2024 was held at the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) Pabbi, on Sunday, the military’s media wing said.

Director General Military Training opened the 60 hours long Patrolling Exercise which aims at enhancing military-to-military cooperation under a complex international security environment.

A total of 20 friendly countries including military observers are participating in the event, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Major participants include Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkiye, the United States of America, and Uzbekistan while Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Myanmar, Germany, Indonesia, Japan and Oman will witness the exercise as military observers.

PATS Is Organized Annually

Pakistan Army Team Spirit is a mission-specific and task-oriented professional military exercise organized annually in Pakistan. The exercise calls for the highest standard of physical fitness, mental agility/ robustness and professional military expertise for quick decision-making in varied situations during the conduct of challenging missions in a near real environment.

The aim and objectives of this exercise revolve around perseverance acclaimed through team spirit. The exercise would help hone basic soldierly attributes besides interoperability through the sharing of innovative ideas and mutual best practices.

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