ABBOTABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said Pakistan had completely eradicated terrorism and extremism from its soil which would not have been possible without the sacrifices of Pashtun tribesmen of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

“Let me acknowledge that such progress would not have been possible without the willing sacrifices and matchless courage of our people in general and Pashtun tribesmen of KPK and FATA in particular. I salute their courage and sacrifice,” he said while speaking as Chief Guest at the passing out parade of Pakistan Army’s 137th Long Course at Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul on Saturday.

The passing out cadets also include 31 from FATA and 67 from Balochistan besides six cadets from Saudi Arabia.

The army chief said the infrastructure of terrorists had been destroyed and they had no sanctuaries in the country anymore.

He said Operation Raddul Fasaad which is based on strong resolve and faith of the nation will continue against the remnants of terrorists. The army chief said we will not let our soil used against anyone.

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General Qamar Javed Bajwa said the enemy knows it can never defeat us and therefore it is trying to entangle us through non- traditional means. The enemy wants to divide and weaken us internally but with blessing and support of nation, we foiled every effort of the enemy in past and will continue to do so in future as well.

He said nation and Armed Forces are united to defeat the menace of terrorism.

Drawing the attention of world community towards Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir the Army Chief expressed Pakistan’s complete political and moral support to the basic right of self-determination for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

He said peace loving innocent citizens of occupied Kashmir are being subjected to one of the worst form of state terrorism and it is high time for the world community to wake up and play its positive role to bring peace to that unfortunate part of the Sub-Continent.

On Pak-India disputes, the Army Chief said it is our sincere belief that the route to peaceful resolution of Pak-India disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, runs through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue.

He said Pakistan remains committed to such a dialogue, but only on the basis of sovereign equality, dignity and honour.

About Afghanistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said we are committed to peace and Intra Afghan reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan at all bilateral and multilateral forums. He said we sincerely believe that there will be no peace in Pakistan, if there is no peace in Afghanistan.

The cadets of 8th Mujahid Course and 56th Integrated Course also passed out during the ceremony. The Army Chief inspected the parade and distributed prizes among the cadets.

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The coveted Sword of Honour was awarded to Academy Senior Under Officer Syed Hasnain Ali of 137th Long Course while the President’s Gold Medal was given to Battalion Senior Under Officer Abdul Wahab Malik. Under Officer Saud from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received the Overseas Gold Medal.

Major General Akhtar Nawaz Satti, Commandant Pakistan Military Academy and large number of senior serving / retired armed forces personnel, parents and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.

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