KARACHI, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said that Pakistan would rise and stand tall among the comity of nations as its defence was in safe hands.
While addressing as the chief guest at the Pakistan Navy’s 108th Midshipmen and 17th Short Service Commissioning Course Commissioning Parade in Karachi, the prime minister said Pakistan believed in peace and co-existence, and that the people of this region deserved a better life.
Pakistan was committed to promote friendly ties with the neighboring Countries, he added.
Khaqan Abbasi said operations like Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad were not merely the military operations, rather those were the manifestation of the nation’s resolve against terrorism. He said Pakistan was committed to foil the designs aimed at disrupting peace in the region.
While congratulating the passed out cadets and their proud parents, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the confidence of the cadets was the symbols of a strong Country. He said the cadets were responsible to safeguard Country’s ideology and maritime boundaries.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan Navy was playing effective role for Country’s security and in the wake of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), its role has increased.
The prime minister said the role of Pakistan Navy in Combined Naval Forces had been recognized across the world. He assured that the government would continue extending all out resources to Pakistan Navy to cope with its needs.
In addition, he said it was pleasing that Pakistan Navy was continuously enhancing its professional capabilities to safeguard Country’s maritime boundaries.
Khaqan Abbasi said Pakistan Navy was capable to face any challenge and hoped that the passing out cadets would lead by their conduct, integrity, knowledge and foresight. He said it was also proud to note that Pakistan Navy had been training even the naval cadets from different countries.
Earlier, the prime minister also gave away the prizes to the cadets who showed excellence during the training process.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister for Defense Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Governor Muhammad Zubair and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
Prior to that, the prime minister was received by the Naval Chief on his arrival at Pakistan Naval Academy. He also inspected the guard of honour at the start of the parade.
In total, 129 officer passed out including 57 Pakistani, 46 foreigners and 26 from Short Service Commissioning course.
The officers from friendly Countries including Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia were among those passed out in the ceremony.