COAS: Pak committed to peaceful co-existence

Sojla Sahar

RISALPUR: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on February 2nd addressed the graduation ceremony of 144th GDP, 90th Engineering Course and 100th AD courses held at PAF Academy Asghar Khan Risalpur.

Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was also present at the ceremony.

During his address COAS said, Pakistan was a peace loving country that had rendered great sacrifices for regional and global peace, Director General ISPR Director said in a press release. While addre-ssing the graduating cadets, the COAS said that we stood firmly committed to the ideal of mutual respect and peaceful co-existence.

“It is time to extend hand of peace in all directions,” he remarked. Pakistan and India should also resolve the longstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir in a dignified and peaceful manner as per the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir and bring this human tragedy to its logical conclusion, the COAS emphasized. COAS Bajwa underscored that, “How-ever, we will not allow anybody or any entity to misinterpret our desire for peace as a sign of weakness”.

While boosting the moral of armed forces, COAS stated that, Armed Forces of Pakistan were fully capable and prepared to thwart any threat.

He also highlighted that, the immaculate coordination and harmony displayed by all the three services in operations against the enemies of Pakistan had brought great improvement in the internal security environment. The COAS specially commended the critical role played by Pakistan Air Force in War on Terror.

During his address, COAS Bajwa satted that, “The outstanding courage and professional excellence displayed by brave air warriors of Pakistan Air Force during Operation Swift Retort is a manifestation of our resolve and capability”.

He also reiterated that, “The whole nation is proud of its Air Force and I earnestly hope that PAF will scale new heights of glory and excellence in the years to come.”

He hailed presence of cadets from KSA for training at PAF Academy Asghar Khan. Referring to the strong defense ties of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, COAS Bajwa stated that, “This is a manifestation of warm fraternal ties between Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and our Defence Forces indeed. we are proud of the strong bonds of Islam, brotherhood and cultural communion that bind us together”.

According to the official press release in total, 133 Cadets graduated, this includes 11 Royal Saudi Air Force Cadets and 6 lady cadets graduated at the occasion. The COAS awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and also gave away trophies to the distinction holders.

On his arrival, the COAS was received by Air vice Marshal Shakil Ghazanfar, Air Officer Commanding, and PAF Asghar Khan Academy.

The press release mentioned that, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Trophy for the best performance in General Service Training was awarded to Aviation Cadet Faizan Iqbal.

Best Allied Cadet Trophy was won by RSAF Cadet Hatem Muhammad Alsofiani. Chief of the Air Staff trophy for overall best performance in Air Defence was won by Aviation Cadet Shahryar Khan. Chief of the Air Staff trophy for the best performance in Engineering was won by Aviation Cadet Muhammad Usman, the press release added.

Chief of the Air Staff trophy for best performance in Flying Training was awarded to Aviation Cadet Danish Qayyum. Sword of Honour for overall best performance in College of Aeronautical Engineering was won by Aviation Cadet Muhammad Usman. Sword of honour for overall best performance in college of Flying Training was won by Ibtisam Naeem.

The ceremony was followed by a thrilling aerial display by PAF Academy Aerobatics team” Sherdil” and a specialized military drill” Hamza Flight” of the academy, ISPR press statement mentioned.