COAS attends Platinum Jubilee ceremony of first PMA Long Course: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the platinum jubilee ceremony of Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Long Course, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.
The ceremony was also attended by veterans of the 1st PMA Long Course where the Army Chief paid rich tribute to the role of former military officers.
During the ceremony, COAS Bajwa said the Pakistani military has established an Army Institute of Military History in order to preserve the historic events. Young military officers could extract guidance tips from the preserved historical events in the institute, added the army chief.
According to ISPR, 1st PMA Long Course had commenced in January 1948 and 62 military officers including martyred Major Aziz Bhatti (Nishan-e-Haider) commissioned in the army on February 4, 1950.
Meanwhile, Members of the US anti-polio campaign visited General Headquarters (GHQ) on Tuesday and held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), both parties discussed the matters about hygiene and healthcare, especially polio related issues in the country.
Army Chief Bajwa lauded the services of the US organization in the health sector, and also reaffirmed the commitment to eradicate polio completely.
The army chief praised the contributions of the organisation in the eradication of polio in Pakistan.
He also expressed hope that the efforts will lead to completely rooting out the disease from the country.
On Jan 31, two more polio cases have been reported in Sindh raising the number of cases to four in the province this year.
According to sources, a five-year-old boy from Jacobabad and a four-year-old boy from Mirpur Khas have been affected by polio virus.
With the new cases, the number of polio cases in the province from January 2019 has increased to 30 while the number of polio cases has reached 144 during the same period. – NNI