RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday called for a graduation ceremony for Pakistan and India to resolve the long-standing issue of Jammu and Kashmir in a dignified and peaceful manner in line with the ambitions of Kashmiris and bring this human tragedy to its logical conclusion.
The graduation ceremony for the 144th DG (P), 90th Engineering Course and 100th AD Courses were held at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Asghar Khan and Army Secretary General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the main guest at the event, said the Director General of Inter Services PR (ISPR) in a press release.
Aircraft Commander, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan was also present at the ceremony.
In general, Bajwa congratulated the final cadets at the PAF Academy, saying that Pakistan is a peace-loving country that had made great sacrifices for regional and global peace and is strongly committed to the ideals of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.
“It is time to extend a hand of peace in all directions,” he noted.
‘Desire for peace not to be misinterpreted’
“However, we do not allow any or any entity to misinterpret our desire for peace as a sign of weakness,” said Director-General Bajwa.
The army chief said Pakistan’s armed forces were fully capable and ready to counter any threat.
The impeccable coordination and harmony shown by all three services in operations against Pakistan’s enemies had led to major improvements in the internal security environment, he said.
War on terror
The army chief praised in particular the critical role played by Pakistan’s air force in the war on terror.
“The unique courage and professional expertise displayed by Pakistani Air Force counter – fighters during Operation Swift Retort is a manifestation of our determination and capacity.
“The whole nation is proud of its air force and I sincerely hope that the PAF scales new heights of glory and expertise in the years to come,” General Bajwa said.
Gen Bajwa welcomes the presence of Saudi cadets
He paid tribute to the presence of cadets from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for training at PAF Academy Asghar Khan.
“This is a manifestation of warm fraternal ties between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and our defense forces.
“We are proud of Islam’s strong ties, brotherhood and cultural community that bind us together,” the army chief said.
A total of 133 graduate cadets including 11 Royal Saudi Air Force cadets and 6 women cadets graduated from the apartment.
Gen Bajwa awarded branch insignia to the graduating officers and also gave trophies to the honorary holders.
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.
The Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for Best Performance in Air Defense was won by Aviation Cadet Shahryar Khan.
The Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for the best achievement in engineering was won by the aviation injured Muhammad Usman.
The Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for the best performance in Flying Training was awarded the Aviation Cadet Danish Qayyum.
The honorary award for the overall best performance in the College of Aeronautical Engineering was won by the aviation injured Muhammad Usman.
The honorary award for the overall best performance at the College of Flying Training was won by Muhammad Ibtisam Naeem.
The ceremony was followed by an exciting air show by PAF Academy Aerobatics team “Sherdil” and a specialized military exercise “Hamza Flight” from the academy.
Earlier, on his arrival, the army chief was received by Air Deputy Marshal Shakil Ghazanfar, Air Officer Commanding, and PAF Asghar Khan Academy.
The ceremony was witnessed by senior military and civilian officials, diplomats, foreign dignitaries and a large number of graduating guests.