RAWALPINDI: An impressive Passing out parade of the 133rd PMA Long Course, 34th Graduate Course, 27th Technical Graduate Course, 51st Integrated Course and 13th Lady Cadets Course was held at the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul today (Saturday).
The cadets from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Palestine, and Libya were also among those who successfully completed the courses.
Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mahmood, the chief guest on the occasion while addressing the parade said that the entire nation stands united against terrorism and extremism.
He said, the “Operation Zarb-e-Azab reflects the unflinching resolve of the Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan to defeat the evil forces of regression. Invaluable sacrifices rendered by the Pak Army, in their fight against terrorism reflect the will and hope of the whole nation. Our officers and men have written some astonishing feats with their blood, of indomitable courage, selflessness, and professional purpose. The whole nation salutes their sacrifices and they shall never be forgotten.”
While addressing the passing out cadets the CJCSC appreciated the high standards of the parade and said that the “esprit de corps” emanating from your dignified pace and pose are reflective of the excellent training and exacting standards at PMA.
CJCSC further added that, “the internal and external challenges that Pakistan confronts today are indeed daunting and complex . I therefore, urge all of you to keep yourself abreast of emerging technologies, new age weapons and concepts of technology-driven warfare.”
Earlier, CJCSC reviewed the parade and also awarded the coveted Sword of Honour to Battalion Senior under Officer Muhammad Waleed. The President’s Gold Medal to Academy Senior under Officer Muhammad Asfandyar Khan, the Chief of Army Staff Overseas Gold Medal to Allied under Officer Faisal Naif B Aldawish from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Commandant’s Cane for the best cadet was awarded to Course Under Officer Syed Haseeb Hussain Gilani of Graduate course, Course Under Officer Abdul Rehman Tahir,Technical Graduate course,Course Under Officer Nadir Mahmood Khan of integrated course, Course Under Officer Masooma Daud Pota of Lady cadet course.