Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and will continue to play a responsible role for promoting peace in the world.
The Prime Minister was addressing the passing out parade ceremony of 130 General Duty Pilots (GDP), 75 Engineering, 89 Air Defence Courses and Commissioning of 133 GDP, 79 Engineering and 14 A&SD (Administration and Special Duty) Courses, at PAF Academy Risalpur.
“We have to make the enemy realize that Pakistan’s defence is impregnable,” he added. He said Pakistan Air Force is fully capable to defend the country s airspace.
He advised the cadets to make optimum use of their training with an urge to further enhance their professional competence.
The Prime Minister told the cadets that there is no greater honour and prestige than choosing to defend and serve the country.
He urged the cadets to follow in the footsteps of brave and valorous officers of the Pakistan Air Force‚ who have made history by rendering great sacrifices. He expressed satisfaction that cadets from Saudi Arabia were also commissioning and wished them well in their future professional endeavours.
The Prime Minister emphasized that there were no shortcut to professional excellence and one must uphold the honour and traditions of his or her illustrious service.
“It is only through relentless commitment that you will excel and prosper. I advise you to fully devote yourselves to the honourable profession that you have chosen,” he said.
Nawaz Sharif said there was no greater honour and prestige than choosing to defend and serve the country. He said that PAF had a history of legendary officers whom the graduates must emulate as role models.
“You can acknowledge the great heroes by following in their footsteps,which would be a just tribute to them,” he added.
The Prime Minister urged the graduates to combine sound professionalism with qualities of good leadership. “Your subordinates will look up to you for inspiration and guidance.This requires an exemplary personal conduct, display of courage,determination and resolution on your part,” he said.
He expressed confidence that graduating from this prestigious academy, the officers would always come up to the expectations of the nation,and would make Pakistan reach the zenith of glory.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt in his welcome address apprised the audience of the Academy’s achievements. He said the graduating officers would serve the country with dedication and loyalty which was the focal point of their training at the Academy.
Air Vice Marshal Rashid Kamal,Air Officer Commanding PAF Academy,Risalpur was also present.
The ceremony concluded with the aerobatics show by ‘Sherdils’, as the K-8 trainer aircraft in the formation of nine presented different air maneuvers.The display also featured the aircraft emitting coloured smoke,leaving behind trails of red, green and white patterns in the blue sky.
In a performance by ‘The Eaglets’, two paramotor gliders - a man and a woman officer, flew from a high altitude and made a smooth landing on the ground.
The cadets from Albania, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Turkmenistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Lebanon, Tanzania and Palestine also received training at the PAF Academy.
Earlier the Prime Minister reviewed the parade and awarded trophies and swords of honour among the graduates.