Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Wednesday inspected military exercise Raad-ul-Barq showcasing the combat-readiness of the armed forces at Khairpur Tamewali near Bahwalpur.
Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that Exercise Raad-ul-Barq is a comprehensive, integrated exercise that encompasses all weapons and calibers and showcases the combat-readiness of the armed forces "against our enemy".
Ex Raad Ul Barq:Comprehensive,integ Exercise encompassing all weapons,calibers,at our best combat readiness against our enemy-live on TV now— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) November 16, 2016
Addressing the gathering after completion of the military exercises, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, "These exercises reflect the preparedness of our armed forces to respond to any threat to national security."
"No country can remain oblivious to threats to national security," the premier said.
He said that a policy of non-interference in practised by the state of Pakistan, which "expects the same from others to enable lasting peace in our region."
"We cannot remain detached from recent developments in the region. Efforts to harm security and territorial integrity will be met with befitting response"
"The enemies of Pakistan have made their intentions well-known," he said.
"They cannot tolerate signs of development in this country," which is why Pakistan has become a victim of terrorism, he claimed.
The military drill takes place two days after seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border firing across the Line of Control.
The Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force are both taking part in the exercises.
The COAS briefed the gathering about the exercises before the event began.
The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmoud and the three services chiefs are attending the event.