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Says religion is unifying force of the nation
- Sunday, April 21, 2013 - From Print Edition


KAKUL: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Saturday reminded that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and Islam could never be taken out of Pakistan and Islam should always remain a unifying force. He made these remarks while addressing the Graduating Cadets of the 127th PMA Long Course, Integrated Course 46 and Mujahid Course-1 here at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA).


He said, “Pakistan is fully capable of responding effectively to any threat and despite the current focus on internal security, the armed forces remain fully prepared to defeat an external direct threat.”


“Pakistan is a peace-loving country. Our quest for peace is essentially based on a genuine desire to improve our lot and that of our future generations. Let no one see it as a weakness,” General Kayani said.


The COAS said, “We have exercised restraint in the face of some very belligerent statements in recent months. Let it suffice to say that Pakistan is fully capable of responding effectively to any threat. Despite our current focus on internal security, we remain fully prepared to defeat an external direct threat.”


He said let there be no doubt that with a strong Pak Army and the nation standing with it united, no harm could ever come to Pakistan.


Gen Kayani said that in its short history, the country had overcome many a challenge that would have overwhelmed lesser nations. He expressed confidence that the nation could do it again.


The COAS said: “We are going through difficult times, but so has every other successful nation at some time in their history. The Pak Army is fully committed to the cause and as always standing with the nation.”


He assured that the nation will succeed if it remains committed to the basis for the creation of Pakistan and remains steadfast as a nation.


He said that regardless of odds, the Pakistan Army will keep on doing its best towards its common dream for a truly Islamic Republic of Pakistan envisioned by the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said he felt honoured and privileged to review the passing-out parade.


“This day marks the culmination of your basic military training at an institution which stands out with distinction amongst the leading military academies of the world.” He felicitated the cadets for becoming part of the great institution that is Pakistan Army.


Gen Kayani also congratulated the graduating cadets of brotherly Islamic countries; Palestine, Sudan and Turkmenistan. The COAS also extended his special commendations to the champion company and those who had won awards of excellence.


He said that it was their first and foremost responsibility to maintain these standards.


“I have full trust that you will never hesitate to always place your country, Pak Army and your men before your own selves,” Gen Kayani said.


He asked the cadets that they had become part of an institution where nothing else but their own merit would be the sole consideration for career progression.


“Be ambitious. There is nothing wrong with it, but the only way to achieve your ambitions is through hard work. There is no shortcut to it. Do have a dream and always aim high.”


He urged them to take pride in excellence in whatever they do, as this is the best source of personal satisfaction.


The COAS awarded sword of honour for the overall best cadet of the 127 Long Course to Battalion Senior Under Officer Syed Awais Iftikhar, President’s Gold Medal for the overall second best cadet to Battalion Senior Under Officer, Hassan Javed, Chief of Army Staff Overseas Gold Medal for the best Allied Cadet to Allied Under Officer Muhsin Basheer Mohamed Saeed Elzaki, Chief of Army Staff Cane for the best Gentleman Cadet of Integrated Course-46 to Course Under Officer, Muhammad Asad Ali and Commandant’s Cane for the best cadet of Mujahid Course-I, Course Under Officer Muhammad Adnan.


Earlier, Major General Sadiq Ali, Commandant Pakistan Military Academy, welcomed the Chief of the Army Staff when he arrived in the Parade Ground.


The diplomats, senior military officers, parents and relatives of the passing-out cadets witnessed the parade.