Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday.

According to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations on Wednesday, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General Hamooduz Zaman Khan, Commander Army Air Defence Command and National Coordinator NCOC.

The COAS was briefed in detail by NCOC DG Operations & Planning Major General Asif Mehmood Goraya about COVID-19 related multi-sectoral situation, implementation of NCC decisions, projections about likely spread of the disease in Pakistan and support being extended to the civil administration against pandemic.

The COAS was also apprised about national strategy for test, trace and quarantine (TTQ) aimed at identifying disease spread, focused clusters / hotspots to enable targeted lockdowns and need driven resource optimisation at all levels.

The COAS lauded remarkable efforts of NCOC for formulating and implementing Covid-19 response despite resource and time constraints.

While complimenting civil-military components of NCOC, COAS emphasized the need for continued stratified risk assessment, managing trinity of health crisis, economic slide and psycho-social impact through efficient resource management.

“Pakistan Army in collaboration with other national institutions should take all possible measures to bring comfort to the nation in these challenging times particularly during Ramazan,” the COAS concluded.