Passing out parade of 137th PMA Long Course, held at Kakul


Kakul, 14 April (TNS):  The Passing out parade of 137th PMA Long Course, 8th Mujahid Course and 56th Integrated Course held at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. 31 cadets from FATA, 67 cadets from Balochistan and 6 Allied cadets from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were also among passing out cadets.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was the chief guest on the occasion. COAS reviewed the parade and gave awards to distinguished cadets. Major General Akhtar Nawaz Satti, Commandant Pakistan Military Academy and large number of senior serving  retired armed forces personnel, parents and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.

Speaking to the occasion General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that today, indeed, marks the most cherished moment in your life. You have proved yourselves worthy of a noble, yet a very demanding profession. You deserve utmost appreciation and admiration for your impressive performance

He said that the present concept of command and leadership is more demanding than ever. Leading your men in complex future operations requires you to be at your very best. As officers in the Army, you will lead some of the finest and most motivated soldiers in the World. Your conduct and professionalism will be observed and followed by them. Therefore, set personal examples and always lead from the front. Please remember, the officer corps never says ‘Advance’, they always say ‘Follow Me’

Also remember to retain the element of compassion in your conduct. In the heat of operations, your men should look upon you more as a leader than a commander, if you truly want to earn their unmitigated loyalty and respect.

He further said that Pakistan has totally rejected extremism and terrorism. We also refuse to be pulled asunder on issues of sect, ethnicity, caste or creed. The diversity of Pakistan is our strength. The very resilience of Pakistan comes, not just from our military capacity, but from the synergetic mix of a people who have come together, willingly towards a single purpose. In this regard, Pakistan Army is fully cognizant of its national responsibilities.

He further said that  the nation and its Armed Forces are totally united and focused towards our primary objective, that is, eradication and elimination of terrorism. As a result of past and ongoing operations, Pakistan has eliminated almost all organized terrorist presence and infrastructure from its soil. We are now going after the residual and scattered traces of this menace under the banner of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad