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RAW working from Afghanistan to destabilise Pakistan: Gen Zubair

KARACHI: Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat said on Saturday that the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, was being operated from Afghanistan to create  instability and unrest in Pakistan.

While addressing passing out parade of a batch of the cadets of Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Gen Zubair said that RAW was working to destabilize Pakistan. “We will rout every evil design of enemy. No one should have misunderstanding about Pakistan’s capabilities to fight back,” he asserted and added peace and stability in Pakistan and Afghanistan were key for peace in the world.

“Pakistan seeks harmonious and peaceful co-existence with all countries specially our neighbouring countries. Stability, peace and security in Afghanistan was fundamental to security of Pakistan,” said Gen Zubair. “We are fully aware of threats from hostile agencies, especially RAW, but will tackle these threats through synergistic efforts.”

The CJCSJ said,“Our forces are symbol of national unity and strength, reflecting aspiration of people of Pakistan who repose full trust in singleness of our purpose, unflinching commitment and readiness to sacrifice lives for the sake of motherland.”

He said that Zarb-e-Azb was not only the army’s operation but a joint effort on the part of the entire nation to defeat terrorism. Operation Raddul Fassad, he added, aimed at eliminating terrorists and their facilitators.

Gen Zubair expressed grave concern over human rights violations in India held Kashmir and the atrocities being committed by Indian forces against unarmed Kashmiris.

While congratulating and extending felicitations on achieving this milestone, the chief guest urged the graduating officers to hold fast to the qualities of honour, integrity and selfless devotion.

He encouraged them to develop trust and confidence in their team and instill in them a true spirit of unity of purpose. He expressed his satisfaction to note that Pakistan Navy is extending support in training future officers of friendly nations. He hoped that they would prove worthy of their mettle in their respective Navies.

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 comprised 80 Midshipmen including 52 from Pakistan and 28 from allied countries.

He added that 20 Cadets from Short Service Commission Officers batch are also being passed out. The Commandant highlighted that cadets from Bahrain, Jordan, Maldives, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan are also undergoing training at Pakistan Naval Academy.

Later, the Chief Guest gave away prizes to the winners. Midshipman Ahmed Faraz was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Whereas, Midshipman Sarmad Arif won the Academy’s Dirk, Cadet Muhammad Fazal Kabeer clinched the Commandant Gold Medal and Cadet Syed Irtaza Haider Naqvi was given Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal. Cadet Akmadov Mamet from Turkmenistan was awarded Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal.

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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