KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir has highlighted the need for development of national consensus by all stakeholders to tackle challenges of terrorism and economy.

“Pakistan is passing through one of the most critical junctures and this requires development of natio­nal consensus by all stakeholders to sail through the challenges of economy and terrorism,” the army chief said, while addressing the commissioning parade of 118th Midshipmen and 26th Short Service Commission.

The COAS, who was chief guest at the parade held at Pakistan Naval Academy, congratulated the commissioning term for successful completion of training and becoming guardians of maritime frontiers of Pakistan.

He said as maritime domain was continuously shifting, mainly due to technological advancement, herein only those navies would prevail and prove effective that would align with professionalism and modern trends of warfare. He appreciated the naval academy for imparting quality education not only to Pakistani cadets but also to the cadets of friendly countries. He advised young officers to lead by their conduct, character, professional acumen and foresight.

Later, the chief guest gave away awards to the prize winners. The prestigious Quaid-i-Azam Gold Medal was awarded to Lt Kashif Abdul Quyyom PN for his Overall Best Performance. Midshipman Naufil Malik was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for his overall best performance.

Upon arrival at the academy, the army chief was received by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Amjad Khan Niazi.

Gen Asim also visited Malir garrison where he laid floral wreath at Martyr’s Monument. He underscored the need for focus on profession and demands of modern warfare. On his arrival at Malir cantonment, the COAS was received by Karachi Corps Commander Lt Gen Babar Iftikhar.

Published in Dawn, january 1st, 2023

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