KAKUL: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir reaffirmed the Pakistani armed forces’ dedication to the country’s safety and security, emphasising that nothing is more sacred than the protection of the people.
General Munir delivered his remarks on Saturday during the passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul.
Addressing the cadets, General Munir stated that loyalty to the state of Pakistan and commitment to the Constitutional role assigned to the armed forces are foremost, adding that the people of Pakistan are central to the unity of the state.
He said, “To us, nothing is more sacred than the safety and security of our people and no duty is more binding than the defence of our motherland. Go out now, and deliver to the expectations of your nation.”
General Munir emphasized that the army is guided by the vision of the great Quaid, which signifies no distinction of caste, colour, creed, gender, or geography.
The COAS noted that Pakistan’s efforts for peace should never be taken as a sign of weakness.
“We have the will, capability, and capacity to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we are well aware of the ways and means to do it. I assure the people of Pakistan that we will never hesitate in rendering any and every sacrifice necessary for the defence of our sacred motherland.”
He further stated that the brave soldiers of Pakistan are not intimidated by the numbers and resources of their adversaries, as they stand firm with their strong will and determination while fulfilling the promises of Almighty Allah as true followers.
COAS Asim Munir vowed to rid the country of terrorism, stating, “There is absolutely no space for spoilers of our hard-earned peace.”
He reiterated that the armed forces would never shy away from any sacrifice to stabilise, secure, and safeguard the future of the next generations.
General Munir discussed ongoing crises in Pakistan and the significant efforts of adversaries to affect state and societal cohesion through multiple methods.
“There is a dire need to identify the exposed and hidden enemies. In this regard, there must be a difference between reality and deception.”
He further stated that the country’s enemies were hell-bent on driving a wedge between its people and the armed forces and that they would ensure that the bond between the Armed Forces and People of Pakistan is preserved and further solidified.
Highlighting the importance of peace on the western borders, the COAS emphasised that stability, security and peace in Afghanistan were fundamental to Pakistan’s security.
General Munir assured Kashmiri brothers of the country’s steadfast support, stating that Pakistan firmly stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their historic struggle for basic human rights and their legitimate quest for the right to self-determination.
“We will continue to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to our Kashmiri brothers.”
He urged the international community to realise that without a just and peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue, regional peace would remain elusive.