Rawalpindi: (Parliament Times) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) had a telephone conversation, today.
According to an ISPR statement Bill Gates appreciated Pakistan Army’s help in enabling the campaign through provision of security, monitoring and bridging of capacity gaps. COAS said that it’s a national duty and Army played a part in the significant initiatives undertaken by the Government of Pakistan and health care departments of provinces. The healthcare workers who played the most important part in polio drive also acted as the frontline defence against COVID-19. COAS said that despite COVID-19, Pakistan Army in support of Govt’s efforts has already made preparations to restart anti polio campaign in coming weeks.
Meanwhile, 2 soldiers embraced martyrdom during an IED attack in South East of Miran Shah. According to ISPR the attack was carried on Security Forces vehicle as troops were conducting routine patrolling in South East of Miran Shah, North Waziristan. “2 soldiers including Subedar Aziz and Lance Naik Mushtaq embraced shahadat while 2 soldiers got injured”, the statement added.