BERKSHIRE, SANDHURST (our reporter) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was the  Chief Guest on Passing out Parade of 213 Regular Commissioning Course known as Sovereign’s Parade held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) UK, on Friday.

Apart from UK cadets, 41 International cadets from 26 different countries were among passed out cadets. Two Pakistani Cadets from Pakistan Military Academy Cadet Muhammad Abdullah Babar Malik and Cadet Mujtaba Ahmed Malik were among the passing out course today.

On arrival at RMAS, COAS Gen. Qamar was presented salute by the parade. COAS reviewed the Parade. The parade March past the saluting dias . COAS also addressed  the parade.  COAS congratulated the passing out cadets on achieving this milestone. COAS also gave awards to distinguished cadets.

On this occasion, COAS Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was addressing the cadets, dignitaries and participants who said my presence here today bears testimony to the deep-rooted relationship that exists between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, based on mutual respect and shared values which have been carefully nurtured by both nations over many decades.

Our huge Pakistani diaspora in United Kingdom displays the strength of our historic relationship. I am sure that this relationship will scale greater heights in times to come, he said.

Similarly, the bondage between the two armed forces is uniquely special as well, forged on the battlefields of Great Wars  and kept alive over the years through exclusive regimental affiliations  and close professional contact in training and a myriad of other military activities, he added

This day marks the beginning of your formal military service, which is the most distinguished and the noblest of professions. As we celebrate your success today, let me remind you of the responsibilities and the great expectations associated with you by this alma-mater and your respective nations, said COAS

COAS reaffirmed that remember, that no one is born with professional knowledge, it has to be acquired through constant pursuit. Without it, you cannot achieve professional competence, which in turn is the hallmark of successful military leadership.

As a leader today, you need to have courage and ability to take difficult decisions and then accept full responsibility, he said.

Gen. Bajwa addressed that as a direct consequence of the onset of fourth industrial revolution, dual use technologies and niche capabilities led by artificial intelligence are fundamentally altering the character of future war. The battlefield of tomorrow would be characterized by extreme precision, lethality and transparency which would be particularly challenging for military leaders, especially young officers in the battle, both mentally and physically.

COAS Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed that the primary reason for armed forces to exist today, should not be to prosecute wars, but to ensure that they do not take place. Mankind’s destiny, more than ever before, hinges on our collective capacity to come together and take the route of peace and cooperation instead of conflict, communication instead of clash and multilateralism instead of self-preservation. In the interest of world peace, we must strive to preserve the vitality, relevance and internal sense of impartiality in multilateral institutions, maintain consensus on the collective defense of global commons and uphold the prestige of international law. In case we fail to do that, I am afraid we may end up destroying the beautiful world, that we have.

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