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Pakistan is willing to cooperate but not at the expense of our national interest: Raheel Sharif

14 June, 2015

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KARACHI - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said that the world endorses security concerns of Pakistan.The country, he said, is willing to cooperate with other nations for peace but not at the expense of ‘our national interest, sovereign rights and national pride’.

Addressing the passing out parade of Pakistan Navy cadets, the army chief said ceasefire violations, bloodletting in Balochistan, Fata and Karachi manifest enemy’s hostile intent, in a clear indication to India’s anti-Pakistan activities.

“We are ready to pay any price to protect our nationhood and safeguard our interests, be it Kashmir, development of new ports or exploitation of natural resources.

We are acutely aware of our enemy’s campaigns and will defeat its designs,” he declared.

Talking about China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said that CPEC holds enormous potential for transforming lives of our region’s people.
“CPEC with Gwadar port as its catalyst will be built and developed as one of the most strategic deep-sea port in the region at any cost whatsoever,” Gen Sharif said.

“The entire nation expresses resolve to eliminate the menace of terror and operation Zarb-e-Azb is delivering decisive results.
The terrorists are now resorting to desperate actions. Battle against terrorism won’t be won by Armed Forces alone and it is encouraging to see the entire nation is pursuing this national effort with great sense of purpose.

While congratulating and extending felicitations on achieving this milestone, the army chief advised the passing out Midshipmen and cadets to always ensure that “interests of the state and the service is prime for you and never let your personal feelings stand in the way to your commitment to the national duty bestowed upon you”.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy highlighted the salient features of the officers’ training.
He apprised the audience that the commissioning term comprises of 86 Midshipmen, including 48 from Pakistan and 38 from brotherly countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Nigeria.

He added that 43 cadets from Short Service Commission Officers batch were also being passed out.
The commandant highlighted that cadets from Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Maldives, Nigeria, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Yemen are also undergoing training at Pakistan Naval Academy.

Later, COAS Raheel Sharif gave away prizes to the winners and those attaining distinction. Midshipman Fazal Qadeer was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Midshipman Syed Mubashir Shah won the Academy Dirk.

Lieutenant M Bilal Asif, Cadet Arsalan Tariq, MSC Perera (from Sri Lanka) and Cadet Muhammad Shahid (SSC) were given Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal, Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal and Commandant’s Gold Medal, respectively.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior military officers, ambassadors, defence attaches of various countries, civil dignitaries and parents of passing out midshipmen and cadets.

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