KAKUL - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared that credible defence of the country depends upon strong economy, respect for law and end of terrorism.
Addressing the Passing Out parade of the 129th Long Course at Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul on Saturday, he said that to make the country's defence impregnable the government would extend every possible help to the armed forces.
The premier, who was the chief guest on the occasion, was accompanied by the Army Chief General Raheel Shareef and both of them witnessed the oath of new cadets to protect the country and constitution of Pakistan.
The prime minister, during his address, said that the young soldiers of the country possessed high moral fibre and that their profession demanded high level of dedication. He said that morality and honesty demands a soft and calm but courageous officer.
"Nation reposes great trust in you, and you have to prove this trust," he said, adding that being a soldier demands allegiance and sacrifice." Let me remind you (cadets) that without strong economy, democratic institutions and rule of law, credible defense of the country isn't possible," Nawaz Sharif said.
Prime Minister Sharif advised the young solders not to refrain from rendering great sacrifices in service to the motherland. The Premier told them to keep army officers like the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and his brother Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed as their role models.
The premier expressed hope that one day Pakistan would overcome every difficult phase. He the whole nation was standing united behind its armed forces and the state despite financial problems was providing the defence forces with all the possible resources to make the country's defence invincible. He said that government is responsible to equip its armed forces with modern technology and it would provide all possible resources for national defence.
In his address, the prime minister also congratulated the young cadets on successful completion of their military training and appreciated the spectacular parade of the young cadets which was carried on despite rain. It is also notable that seven of the young passed-out cadets hail from Palestine and Bahrain.
He observed that technological innovations were the order of the day and they were changing the very lifestyle with noticeable impacts. He opined that modern technology had also transformed the nature of warfare and tilted the balance squarely in favour of the technologically-advanced nations.
"While the duty of the government is to provide for the means and resources for defence, it is incumbent upon you to keep yourself abreast of the latest technology and make yourself adept at operating the new weapons of war." As a citizen of a country, much starved of means and material, the PM said, urging the cadets that they would have to make do with whatever was available, in the best possible manner.
"What you lack in possession, you must make up for, in passion. That is the spirit this nation was founded on. That is the spirit, my dear officers that will sustain this nation... And out of this passion for progress and change, I am confident that one day, sooner rather than later, our nation shall end its trials and tribulations; we shall overcome; we shall succeed."
The PM told the newly graduated cadets that the profession of arms they were now beholden to, demanded by its very nature the unquestioned spirit of allegiance and sacrifice embodied in the oath they have all taken.
"But don't you ever forget, your nation will stand united behind you." He reminded that without a strong economy, rule of law and containment of terrorism, a credible defence system could not be sustained. He urged that they, therefore, have to work together as a nation to achieve these goals.
The prime minister felicitating the graduated cadets and their parents said that it was a seminal event that heralded the beginning of the practical lives of the commissioned officers in Pakistan Army. They had reaped the just reward of their long effort on successful completion of their onerous military training from this great alma mater, he added.
The Prime Minister lauded the excellence of the Academy, its faculty members and staff and said that it was because of their tireless efforts that this course, and many more before this one, consummate of their strenuous training to become officers, the nation can rely on, to guard its frontiers.
He said "Your professional competence and concern for training and welfare of your under-command will earn you their respect and leadership. We all know that your soldiers will smilingly offer the greatest sacrifice under your command."
Prime Minister Nawaz said Pakistan Military Academy is rightfully considered a veritable cradle of leadership. "It is here, that the art of transformation is perfected and raw youth is shaped and chiseled into self-assured and responsible “It is here, that the trainees imbibe the best values of life to develop into sterling characters. Therefore, the standards set here must serve as the touchstones for all officers."
The PM called on the graduating cadets for shouldering enormous responsibilities and staying steadfast in the face of heavy odds. "It calls for character and integrity. Army Officers need to be embodiment of courage, composure and compassion... You are thus duty-bound to uphold the glorious traditions through the strength of your character, commitment and perseverance."