Pakistan, Bahrain conclude counterterrorism drill 

Members of the National Guard of Bahrain and Pakistan’s Special Service Group (SSG) pose for a photograph as they conclude a joint counterterrorism drill in Nowshera on Feb. 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy: ISPR)
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Updated 14 February 2020

Pakistan, Bahrain conclude counterterrorism drill 

  • Two-week training included cordon and search operations, built-up area clearance and sniper shooting
  • Closing ceremony was held at National Counter Terrorism Center in Pabbi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Bahrain concluded their joint counterterrorism drill in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday.
The closing ceremony of Al-Badar IV exercise between the National Guard of Bahrain and the Special Service Group (SSG) of the Pakistan Army was held at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Pabbi, Nowshera district, the military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.

The two-week drill focused on counterterrorism techniques, including cordon and search operations, built-up area clearance with combat aviation support, disabling improvised explosive devices (IED), and sniper shooting, ISPR said.
The closing ceremony was attended by SSG commander Maj. Gen. Mumtaz Hussaina and a military delegation from Bahrain headed by Gen. Abdul Rahman Rashed Al-Saad.
In January, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa expressed his keenness to boost defense cooperation with Pakistan during a visit of Pakistani Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Khan.
In December, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attended Bahrain’s National Day as King Hamad’s guest of honor and received the kingdom’s highest civilian recognition.


UN chief visits Kartarpur Corridor, terms it 'symbol of peace'

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UN chief visits Kartarpur Corridor, terms it 'symbol of peace'

  • Guterres says the visit pays tribute to the contribution of Sikh community all over the world
  • He arrived in Pakistan to attend a UN summit on Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday visited Pakistan’s flagship interfaith initiative, the Kartarpur Corridor, and paid homage to Guru Nanak who founded Sikhism five centuries ago.
“This is the best symbol that we can give for a world in peace and for a world (where) there is mutual respect and acceptance of what is different,” the UN Chief said while addressing a pool of journalists and officials.
Opened last year, the four-kilometer Kartarpur Corridor connects the Sikh shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India’s Punjab region to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan. It allows Sikhs to visit the shrine in Pakistan without a visa. Some 5,000 Indian Sikhs have been allowed access daily.
“Recognizing the diversity is a blessing, is a richness of a threat which we see in so many parts of the world fighting in the name of religion. It is necessary to say that religions unite us for peace and the best symbol is this shrine,” Guterres said, adding that his visit was “to pay tribute to the contribution of the Sikh community all over the world for our planet.”
Guterres was given a tour of the gurdwara complex by a team of government officials led by Religious Affairs Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri.
The UN Chief arrived in Islamabad on Sunday as part of his four-day visit to the country to attend an international conference on Afghan refugees, held to mark four decades since Pakistan started hosting displaced persons escaping conflict plaguing neighboring Afghanistan.