Pakistan will always remain a promoter of peace: President Arif Alvi

KAKUL, Pakistan: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan has been and will always remain a promoter of peace as part of its national policy.

“Pakistan seeks a relationship based on sovereign equality and mutual respect with its neighbors,” the president while speaking as the chief guest at the passing out parade held at Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul on Saturday.

The president said that Pakistan’s armed forces today are highly motivated, battle hardened, and fully aware of the multitude of the threats to our beloved Country. He said that I have no doubt that Pakistan’s armed forces are fully capable of deterring and defeating aggression across the complete spectrum of threat.

Dr Arif Alvi said that the recent stand off on our eastern front hold testimony to this very fact. He said that while our operational preparedness and befitting response defeated the nefarious designs of the enemy, it also amplifies our sincere intentions for peace and relationship based of sovereign equality and mutual respect.

“Let there be no doubt that any misadventure and even the slightest breach of our national security will get a befitting response and no sacrifice will be considered too great in accomplishing to this sacred cause,” he said.

The president said that Pakistan is a global participant in combating the menace of terrorism and we will continue to play this role with due national resolve.

Furthermore, he said that Pakistan will continue to stand by our Kashmiri brethren in their legitimate struggle and right of self-determination. He said that while we continue to put our resolute in moral political efforts to find the solution of this conflict, we will leave no stone unturned in exposing the perpetrators, suppressors of innocent Kashmiris.

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President Dr Arif Alvi urged the world powers to take stock of the plight the of the Kashmiri people in the light of the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

“The world must act against the blatant violation of the fundamental human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir,” he said.

The president said that the challenges and complexities faced by Pakistan are immense and are ever growing in nature. However, he added that the success that we have achieved as a nation against the scorch of terrorism has no parallel in the contemporary world.

The president also said that Pakistan army has played a pivotal and a unique role in this entire effort and it is upon you now to further the gains through your unwavering commitment and sound character. He said that sacrifices rendered by our brave soldiers and officers for peace in the past are matchless.

While congratulating the passed out cadets and their families, the president said that “you will be leading some of the best trained, motivated and battle hardened soldiers in the world. Bare in mind that your nation reposes great trust in you and it must be maintained by achieving high standard of professional excellence.”

Cadets of 139th PMA Long Course, 9th Mujahid Course, 58th Integrated Course and 14th Lady Cadet Course passed out on completion of training. Cadets from Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka are also among passed out courses.

The Chief Guest reviewed the Parade and gave awards to the distinguished cadets. Sword of honour awarded to Academy Senior Under Officer Haider Ali Khan. President’s Gold medal awarded to Battalion Senior Under Officer Muhammad Umar Khan. Commandant’s cane awarded to two cadets Course Under Officer Muhammad Shahzad from Mujahid Course and Course under Officer Ahmed Bilal from Integrated Course. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Overseas Gold Medal awarded to friendly countries Under Officer Abryrathns from Sri Lanka.

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Commandant’s cane awarded to Course Under Officer Ayesha Shakeel from Lady Cadet Course.

A large number of senior serving and retired military officials, diplomats and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.