One Nation-One Army (From Editor’s Desk)

Eyes straight, minds focused, spirits high, feet firm, and dreaming to rise – these are Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) at Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) on the day of passing out parade. As the cadets of PMA Long Course complete their tenure of hard training, the only thing they look at is – to serve Pakistan. Coming from different religious, ethnic, social, sectarian and political background, these GCs train, smile and brave all challenges together. Without any interest in the backgrounds of each other, the GCs are groomed to stay united and remain friends – friends of each other, friends of the state and friends of the people of Pakistan. In the similar fashion, recruitment of soldiers is also carried out from all parts of the country. Pak Army is a unique institution that has representation from every corner of the country including FATA and Gilgit Baltistan, and has in its ranks, people from different religions. Even interesting fact is their employment across the country, anywhere, anytime, as ordered by superior authorities. The names of the regiments represent the colours of federation and all ranks take much pride as they wear badges of the Punjab, Frontier Force, Baloch, Azad Kashmir, Sind and Northern Light Infantry Regiments. Armed Forces of Pakistan have a history of serving people of Pakistan under all circumstances. Besides discharging their primary role of defending the country against all external and internal threats, Armed Forces have been at the forefront to assist nation during crises situations. Moreover, Pak Army has also played a significant role in the nation building projects; from the construction of roads to the provision of health facilities in the remote areas, and to the construction of schools and cadet colleges, it is contributing all that it can for the progress of the country. Balochistan, being the largest province, has been focus of Pakistan Army during the recent years. The Army has worked at a fast pace on different educational and welfare projects for the people of Balochistan. General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, while speaking at the Passing Out Parade of recruitments held at Quetta on 12 December 2013 said, “Around 20,000 Baloch youth have joined Pak Army since 2010 and representation of officers and soldiers from Balochistan has considerably increased, which is very encouraging.” In addition to this, a sizeable number of institutions like Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences, Technical Training Institutions at Quetta and Gwadar, Sui Educational City, Military College Sui, Kassa Marble Project, Musa Khel Mineral Development Project and Chamalang Mines Project have been initiated for the development of Balochistan. Army is providing free education to more than 4,500 students, and approximately 25,000 students are studying in Army managed institutions. Pakistan Army has been and shall remain at the service of this great nation under all circumstances and against all odds. In unity lies strength, survival, peace, prosperity and the future! [email protected]

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