RISALPUR: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa Monday said that Pakistan’s
armed forces were fully capable of responding to all sorts of internal and external threats and aggression.
“If the enemy ever resorts to a misadventure, regardless of its size and scale, it will have
to pay an unbearable cost,” he said while addressing graduation ceremony of 138 GDP, 84 Engineering, 94 Air Defence, 9 Admin and Special Duties and 3rd Logistics courses here at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy, Asghar Khan.
He said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and wanted to promote peace all around as
it was the assurance of its own internal stability. “We stand firmly committed to this cause and will not
allow anybody to misinterpret our actions,” he said.
He said that the national struggle against terrorism had largely been successful due to outstanding contribution of the PAF. He said the PAF, being a high organ of the national defence, had played a remarkable role in annihilating and destroying a number of terrorist sanctuaries and training camps along the Pak-Afghan border.
He said unfortunately, the international community had failed to recognize Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in the war on terror. “No country has sacrificed as much as we have and achieved enormous success,” he added.
He said that Pakistan was the only country, which had successfully fought terrorism and was
in the process of eradicating the residual through Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. “It is our resolve that we will make Pakistan a terror free country, come what may. With continuous public support to the armed forces it will be done sooner than later.”
The Army Chief expressed pleasure to attend the graduation ceremony. He said the smart turn-out of the cadets and the excellent parade was a testimony to the high standards of training being imparted at the PAF Academy.
He congratulated all the graduating cadets, especially the position-holders and winners of Swords of Honour. He also extended felicitations to the Royal Saudi Air Force and Royal Jordanian Air Force cadets on successful completion of their training at the Academy.
He said Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Jordan and their defence forces enjoyed warm and brotherly relationship. “We are held close by the strong bonds of our religion, our cultural communion and converging world view. Our defence forces have been cooperating with each other in various fields. Likewise, in the fight against terrorism, we fight shoulder to shoulder with our brothers from Middle East.”
General Bajwa said that the profession of arms was highly demanding and called for continuous training and education. He said in order to march in consonance with the rapidly evolving developments in the realm of air power and technology, it is incumbent for the cadets to sharpen their professional skills and excel in their professional pursuits.
The Army Chief said noted that Pakistan Air Force, under its visionary leadership, was second to none. “PAF has achieved a number of milestones in its journey towards modernization during the recent years. It has a variety of modern platforms and efforts are underway to further enhance its operational capabilities. Pakistan Army considers a strong and agile PAF as a critical enabler to fight both conventional and sub conventional wars successfully,” he added.
He said that this day had special significance in the professional careers of cadets. “It is the
occasion where you are getting reward for your dedication and consistent hard work,
which enabled you to become proud officers of your respective Air Forces.
“Now you are entering practical phase of your lives, where you will face many challenges,
but I am confident that the knowledge and training being imparted at this premier institution will help you to overcome these challenges without much difficulty,” he said.
He asked the cadets that being the custodians of aerial frontiers of the homeland, they would have to develop skills to operate and maintain this sophisticated and expensive equipment in the highest state of readiness.
“This will require each one of you to devote your complete focus and commitment to your profession. Keep PAF’s valuable traditions of valour and sacrifice alive and pursue the core values of integrity, excellence and teamwork for abiding success in your careers,” he added.