Pakistan Air Force passing out parade ceremony of 147 GDP, 93rd Engineering, 103rd Air Defence, 24th Admin and Special Duties, 7th (Bravo) Logistics and 129th Combat Support Courses was held at PAF Academy Asghar Khan in Risalpur.
A total of 147 Aviation Cadets, and 01 Naval Cadet graduated during the ceremony. Premier Shehbaz Sharif attended the ceremony as a chief guest and addressed the passing out parade ceremony.
Prime Minister in his address with the Passing out cadets of Air force highlighted Pakistan as a peace loving country that seeks harmony and peaceful co-existence with all countries especially its neighbours.
PM Sharif urged young cadets to develop the lofty attributes of leadership with a sense of purpose to gain the respect and trust of their subordinates as they go into service.
He lauded the role of the Pakistan Air Force for defending the motherland.
The Prime Minister said the Pak Armed Forces are fully capable of foiling nefarious designs of anti-state elements despite facing the challenges of terrorism, extremism and militancy.
He said the Pak Armed Forces have foiled a number of terrorist activities across the country by the sacrificing their lives for the peace
The Prime Minister said our forces have rendered great sacrifices in the war against terror for the restoration of peace in the country.
Condemning the Indian brutalities on innocent Kashmiris in the occupied territory, he said that peace cannot be ensured in South Asia till resolution of Kashmir issue.
Prime Minister said the now the country’s economy is on the path of stability after taking difficult decisions by the government.
Prime Minister congratulated the commissioning term for the successful completion of training and becoming guardians of the Pakistan Airforce and hoped that they will continue their efforts for maintaining peace and stability in the country.
The Prime Minister highlighted that under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, PAF has made remarkable progress, most notably in the domains of Artificial Intelligence, Cyber, Space and Niche Technologies.
He further asserted that “we are fully aware of the atrocities being committed against the innocent people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and Palestine. We will continue to extend our all out moral, political and diplomatic support at international forums for their just & indigenous struggle for freedom.”
Earlier, the Prime Minister was presented with a guard of honour and inspected the parade.
He pinned badges to the cadets and gave away trophies and sword of honor to the leading and outstanding cadets of the course.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Trophy for the best performance in General Service Training was awarded to Aviation Cadet Wing Under Officer Ijlal Karim. Trophy for overall best performance in Combat Support Course was received by Aviation Cadet Hafiz Ali Hassan of Medical Branch. Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for best performance in Admin and Special Duties Course was awarded to Aviation Cadet Faizan Saeed whereas, Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for best performance in Air Defence was received by Aviation Cadet Muhammad Bilal Raza.
Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for best performance in Engineering discipline was awarded to Pakistan Navy Cadet Sergeant Imad-Ud-Din, while Chief of the Air Staff Best Pilot Trophy for outstanding performance in flying training was received by Aviation Cadet Muhammad Shirjeel ur Rehman.
Sword of Honour for overall best performance in College of Aeronautical Engineering was awarded to Aviation Cadet Wing Under Officer Muhammad Hassam Zafar, whereas, Sword of Honour for overall best performance in College of Flying Training was received by Aviation Cadet Sergeant Abdul Manan Hassan.
Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Information Minter Marriyum Aurangzeb and Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu were also present on the occasion.
The ceremony was followed by a thrilling aerial display by PAF Academy Aerobatics team “Sherdils” who captivated the spectators with high-quality formation aerobatics and flying display
The ceremony was ended by a splendid air display by the JF-17 Thunder, J-10C.
The Graduation Parade was witnessed by military and civil dignitaries as well as parents of the graduating cadets.