General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Reviewed 128th Passing out Parade

Pakistan-COASKayani-Kakul-By Zaheerul Hassan

Kakul , Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani reviewed an impressive Passing out parade of 128th PMA Long Course, 25 th Technical Graduate Course , 47 th Integrated Course , 11 Ladies Cadet Course  and 2nd  Mujahid Course at Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, as the chief guest on Saturday. The passing out parade of Pakistan Army’s 128th long course was held at the Military Academy, Kakul today where COAS General Kayani was present as the chief guest.

The outgoing COAS congratulated the cadets on successfully completing the long course and expressed his hope that the fresh cadets will prove to be the national asset in future. While addressing the passing out parade, General Kayani said nations that accept and face challenges, emerge as true nations. He said that we committed wrongs, but we did right too, because of which Pakistan is a free country.

General Kayani said for the first time the democratic government completed its tenure in Pakistan, and that the Army will continue to play its role to strengthen democracy in the country as coordination between civil and military leadership is imperative. The COAS said that he started his career from the same place in 1979 and attributed every success in his 44-year long career to the Almighty Allah and Pakistan.

He said that the current government is deciding the fate of the nation, as the national leadership has opted for dialogue to counter terrorism. He said that the military will be happy if dialogue process yields positive results.

General Kayani said that the Army supports peace process, however, the use of force will be the last option if required as Pakistan Army is capable of rooting out militancy.  He further said that the country is currently facing many challenges and terrorism is one of them. Terrorism negates the teachings of Islam, he added.

Today, Swat is a peaceful area and the people of that area are witness to it. He rejected the idea that dialogues were initiated after facing defeat in the war against terrorism. He said the country countered terrorism in unfavorable conditions.  Pakistan will make progress when its institutions will gain strength and coordinate with each other, as lack of coordination between different institutions caused harm to the country.   He, then, concluded his speech by praying for the success, strength and bright future of the Army and the country.

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