Top achievers of the 146th PMA Long Course, 34th Technical Graduate Course, 65th Integrated Course, 20th Lady Cadet Course and 5th Basic Military Training Course praised their training institution – the Pakistan Military Academy – for preparing them to face all the future challenges of the military life, saying that now they stand ready to defend the country against any threat.
The passed out cadets said that October 8 would remain an unforgettable day for them as they all have been awarded with medals and honours at the PMA after rigorous training.
“The sheer hard work, countless blessings of God, prayers of my parents, endless efforts of my faculty and instructors of PMA remained the deciding factor for the achievement of this distinction,” said Academy Senior Under Officer Muhammad Daood Khan, who was awarded with the prestigious Sword of Honour for being the overall best cadet of the 146th PMA Long Course.
In his comments after the ceremony, Khan said that he joined PMA for the love of the country. He faced several hardships but with the guidance and training of his instructors at the academy, he became resilient and is now prepared for future challenges. “I will work with the same zeal and enthusiasm in the future to come up to the expectations of my nation,” he said.
Other cadets, who won awards and medals, include Battalion Senior Under Officer (BSUO) Shoaib Akmal from 146 PMA Long Course, who was awarded with the President’s Gold Medal, Course Under Officer (CUO) Mudassir Amin from Technical Graduate Course 34, awarded with the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Cane, Senior Under Officer (SUO) Jaggat Paudal, awarded with the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Overseas Gold Medal, and CUO Haider Ijaz who won the Commandant’s Cane.
Moreover, two female cadets — Zunaira Shafqat and Hira Irfan — were also bestowed with the Commandant’s Cane for being the overall best cadets.
Cadets from Palestine, the Maldives, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Iraq were also among those who passed out.