Pakistan has shown willingness to cooperate with other nations for peace but not at expense of our national interests, sovereign rights and national pride: Chief of Army Staff

Karachi, June 13, 2015 (PPI-OT): The 103rd Midshipmen commissioning term and 12th Short Service Commission Officers’ Course, comprising a total of 129 officers, got commissioned at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS RAHBAR, upon completion of rigorous training. Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah. While addressing the parade General Raheel Sharif said that the entire world endorses our security concern. Ceasefire violations, bloodletting in Baluchistan, FATA and Karachi manifest enemy’s hostile intent. Pakistan has shown willingness to cooperate with other nations for peace but not at the expense of our national interest, sovereign rights and national pride.

General Raheel added that we are ready to pay any price to protect our nationhood and safeguard our interests, be it Kashmir, development of new ports or exploitation of natural resources. Talking about CPEC the chief guest said that CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) holds enormous potential for transforming lives of our region’s people. We are acutely aware of our enemy’s campaigns and will defeat its designs. CPEC with Gwadar port as its catalyst will be built and developed as one of the most strategic deep sea port in the region at any cost whatsoever.

Adding further, the Army Chief said, “Entire nation expresses resolve to eliminate the menace of terror and operation Zarb-e-Azb is delivering decisive results. The terrorists are now resorting to desperate actions. Battle against terrorism won’t be won by Armed Forces alone and it is encouraging to see the entire nation is pursuing this national effort with great sense of purpose.

While congratulating and extending felicitations on achieving this milestone, the Army Chief advised the passing out Midshipmen and cadets to always ensure that interests of the state and the service is prime for you and never let your personal feelings stand in the way to your commitment to the national duty bestowed upon you.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy highlighted the salient features of the officers training. He apprised the audience that the commissioning term comprises of 86 Midshipmen including 48 from Pakistan and 38 from brotherly countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Nigeria. He added that 43 Cadets from Short Service Commission Officers batch are also being passed out today. The Commandant highlighted that cadets from Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Maldives, Nigeria, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Srilanka and Yemen are also undergoing training at Pakistan Naval Academy.

Later, the Chief Guest gave away prizes to the winners. Midshipman Fazal Qadeer was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Whereas, Midshipman Syed Mubashir Shah won the Academy Dirk. Lieutenant M Bilal Asif, Cadet Arsalan Tariq, MSC Perera (from Sri Lanka) and Cadet Muhammad Shahid (SSC) were given Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal, Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal and Commandant’s Gold Medal, respectively.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior military officers, Ambassadors, Defence Attaches of various countries, civil dignitaries and parents of passing out midshipmen and cadets.

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