Secretary-General of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense General Mohammed Jawad Kazem praised Pakistan’s support for Iraq on the military level, National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) reported.
A statement from the Ministry of Defense said: “Lieutenant General Kazem received at his office, the Chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali and his accompanying delegation, where the Secretary-General he praised the position of the friendly state of Pakistan, which supports Iraq on the military level.”
For his part, General Sadiq said that these meetings strengthen the depth of civilizational ties between Iraq and Pakistan.
POF is the largest defense industrial complex under the Ministry of Defense Production, producing conventional arms & ammo to international standards. POF Board headquarter is at Wah Cantt.
Presently POF comprises of 14 ordnance factories and three commercial subsidiaries. Pakistan Ordnance Factories also manufacture commercial explosives, hunting ammunition and possess extensive facilities for the manufacture of brass, copper and aluminum ingots, extrusions and sections for non-military applications. A garments factory, which has state of the art cloth cutting facilities and modern stitching units, manufactures military uniforms and can also cater for the needs of the civil sector.
Founded in 1951 by the government of Pakistan with early collaboration from the British Royal Ordnance Factory, POF engineers, develops, produces, manufactures, and promotes a wide range of different types of infantry and special-purpose weapons, explosives, ammunition, mortars, rockets, and the military gear for Pakistan’s military.
Its corporate leadership comes from a deputation by GHQ where the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) approves the appointment, but POF is under the Ministry of Defense, so the COAS is not in the direct chain of command.
POF is the earliest and one of the largest military corporations in Pakistan, and later influenced many other military corporations in the Pakistan Armed Forces.
POF produces ammunition that meets requirements set by NATO specifications. Apart from military works, POF also serves the civilian law enforcement agencies, paramilitary, and private security markets nationwide.