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Fourth international PATS competition kicks off at NCTC Kharian

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The 2021 competition of the Fourth International Pakistan Army Team Spirit (PATS) has started at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Pabbi, near Kharian, in which eight domestic teams of the Pakistan Army are participating.

Along with Pakistan Army, teams from eight allied countries have also participated in this years’ competition. As per the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), teams from Jordan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Uzbekistan will take part as participants, whereas Morocco, Indonesia, Kaza­khstan and Tajikistan will be participating as observers in the three day long competition.

The PATS 2021 competition is designed to test tactical skills of the teams in physical and professional domains, along with agility of the participating teams to generate responses in challenging real-time field scenarios.

In the three-day long event, the teams will be subjected to various cross-domain scenarios and encompass tasks, including “physical endurance, water obstacle crossing, close target reconnaissance and protective approach under chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environment”, said ISPR.

Established in 2000, the Pabbi NCTC centre near Kharian is spread over 2,500 acres of land. Its latest upgradation of infrastructure was done five years later to accommodate the growing demand for training of foreign armies and domestic law enforcement agencies with the Pakistan Army.

The addition of new facilities to the training centre has turned it into the best counter-terrorism training facility amongst the contemporary armies.

In 2020, seven Pakistan Army teams, Pakistan Air Force and international teams and representatives from 16 countries had taken part in the third international PATS competition.

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