Pakistan Army De-mining team here to share their experience &
Sri Lanka Army Engineers, now fully committed to rid
the North and East of LTTE landmines, estimated to exceed more than 1
million, received a boost on Thursday (27) when a delegation of Pakistan
Army de-mining veterans after meeting the Commander of the Army
Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, offered their technical know-how
and experience further, to ongoing de-mining work of the Army.
The delegation from the Corps of Engineers of Pakistan
Army is comprised of 10 senior experienced officers, headed by Colonel
Zaafir Nisar, Deputy Group Commander, and monitoring the Earthquake
Damaged Road Projects of Frontier Work Organization (FWO).
Colonel Nisar, who had also served as Training Officer
for Mine Clearance with UN Peace Keeping troops in Cambodia during his
courtesy call on the Commander of the Army at Army Headquarters, Colombo
Thursday (27) morning, thanked the Army for inviting them to Sri Lanka,
with the sole objective of sharing their expertise with Sri Lankan
The visit came about following fruitful bilateral
discussions the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath
Jayasuriya, has had with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff earlier when the
latter visited Sri Lanka in January 2011.
During his brief meeting with the Commander, Colonel
Nisar opined that possibilities for commencement of a joint de-mining
venture with Sri Lanka would be explored at both theoretical and
practical levels during their two-week stay in the country.
To receive first-hand experience, the ten-member
delegation toured heavily mined areas in Mannar, Kilinochchi and
Mullaittivu, met Sri Lankan de-miners and shared their experience and
technical know-how with their Sri Lankan counterparts, Corps of
Engineers conducting de-mining assignments.
The entire itinerary of the delegation, coordinated by
Brigadier D. Karunaratne, Commander, Engineer Brigade, covered visits to
the Army School of Engineers at Embilipitiya, Abimansala at Anuradhapura,
new port complex at Hambantota and a few more other places of interest.
The visiting team from Pakistan has served de-mining
assignments in countries like Sudan, Cambodia, Kuwait before their visit
to Sri Lanka.
Courtesy : Army Media