Military salutes, including a Guard of Honour and a Guard Turnout formally greeted General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan Army who is in Sri Lanka on a goodwill tour at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, when he visited the Army Headquarters this morning.
An elegant and colour-rich Guard of Honour at the Army Headquarters presented arms and extended honours to the visiting Army Chief on arrival in accordance with military traditions after a formal military Guard Turnout greeted him.
Senior Army Officers, including Chief of Staff, Major General Amal Karunasekara, Deputy Chief of Staff, Major General Dampath Fernando and all other Principal Staff Officers were introduced to the visiting Army Chief by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake at the entrance to the Commander’s Secretariat before he was ushered to the office of the Commander.
During the cordial meeting that ensued, both General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake shared views on several current issues that are relevant to both organizations. Brigadier Iftikar Hassan Chauhadary, Personal Secretary to COAS and Colonel Sajjad Ali, Defence Advisor to High Commission of Pakistan were also present.
Discussions were largely centred on ongoing training programmes for Sri Lanka Army Officers and possibilities of further enhancement of training openings. Exchange of mementos as symbols of memory and goodwill took place towards the end of the interaction.
Later, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake invited the visiting Pakistan’s Army Chief for a brief discussion, where he received a briefing on current roles and tasks of the Sri Lanka Army. Major General Dananjith Karunaratne, Director General General Staff was associated with the briefing.
Towards the end of the interaction, the visiting Army Chief was invited to leave memories by signing the VIP visitors’ book at the Commander’s Office.
A group photograph with both Army Chiefs, visiting delegates and Principal Staff Officers of the Army brought the formal visit to an end. (Colombo Gazette)