Pakistan

COAS confers awards on 64 army soldiers

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif conferred military awards on army personnel, for acts of gallantry in on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb in a ceremony in Rawalpindi today.

Thirty officers and soldiers were awarded Tamgha-e-Bisalat, 33 officers were awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military), and one soldier was awarded United Nations Medal. Medals of Shuhada were received by their family members.

Pakistan has strengthened its anti-terror strategy in the wake of a December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that killed 153 people, 134 of them children.

Its troops have been engaged in a full-scale offensive against Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal districts since earlier last year.

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