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.