British Army’s Chief of the General Staff on Visit to Pakistan

Fri Nov 17 2023
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ISLAMABAD: General Sir Patrick Sanders, the Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, is currently on a routine three-day Defence Engagement visit to Pakistan, reinforcing the longstanding defence relationship between the two nations.

His visit includes crucial meetings with Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Asim Munir, and showcases a friendly sporting event featuring the British Army Polo Team competing against their counterparts from the Pakistani Army in Lahore.

This visit underscores the UK’s commitment to sustaining a robust defence partnership with Pakistan. Over the past twelve months, the collaboration has witnessed numerous defence exchanges, a joint naval training exercise involving HMS Lancaster, and various high-level military visits between the UK and Pakistan. These routine engagements play a vital role in fostering mutual understanding and cooperation, contributing to the enhancement of regional security.

As part of the visit’s highlights, General Sanders will witness the friendly polo match, where the British Army Polo Team will face off against their Pakistani counterparts. The event is not only a testament to the camaraderie between the military forces but also an opportunity for cultural exchange. The Band of the Honourable Artillery Company, led by General Sanders as the Colonel Commandant, will add musical performances to enhance the overall experience.

These routine engagements, although labelled as such, carry significant importance in maintaining strong ties and ensuring effective communication between the UK and Pakistan. The exchange of military expertise, joint exercises, and high-level visits contribute to the overall stability and security of the region.

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