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Pakistan’s desire for peace must not be construed as weakness: COAS

RAWALPINDI -UNS – Passing out parade of 137th PMA Long Course, 8th Mujahid Course and 56th Integrated Course was held at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul on Saturday.

In a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), six cadets from Saudi Arabia were also among the passed out courses. 31 cadets from FATA, 67 cadets from Balochistan were also among passing out cadets.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the chief guest on the occasion, reviewed the parade and gave awards to distinguished cadets and addressed the parade.

The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Academy Senior under Officer Syed Hasnain Ali of 137th Long Course.

The President s Gold Medal went to Battalion Senior under Officer Abdul Wahab Malik of 137th Long Course, the Overseas Gold Medal to Academy under Officer Saud from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of 137th Long Course.

Commandant Pakistan Military Academy Major General Akhtar Nawaz Satti and large number of senior serving and retired armed forces personnel, parents and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.

Addressing the ceremony, the COAS said that the modern wars is becoming very difficult, adding that achieving the best information is inevitable to combat modern wars.

He said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and seeks harmonious and peaceful co-existence with all countries, especially its neighbours, however, this desire for peace must not, in any sense, be construed as a sign of weakness. “Our valiant Armed Forces are Alhamdulillah fully prepared to respond across the full spectrum of threat in a befitting manner.”

General Bajwa said that it is our sincere belief that the route to peaceful resolution of Pak-India disputes including the core issue of Kashmir runs through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue. While such dialogue is no favour to any party, it remains the inevitable precursor to peace across the region. Pakistan remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity and honour.

“We are also committed to peace and Intra-Afghan reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan at all bilateral and multilateral forums,” he said and added we sincerely believe that there will be no peace in Pakistan, if there is no peace in Afghanistan. Our peace is linked, therefore, we must work in unison with our Afghan brothers to achieve this goal.

The COAS further said that Pakistan has done its part to cleanse the country of the scourge of terrorism and extremism without any distinction and our efforts have started to bear results. “We are committed to continue these efforts, not out of any compulsion, but to make Pakistan a safe, prosperous and progressive country.”

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