129th PMA Passing Out Parade


April 19th, 2014

129th PMA Passing Out Parade








It was really refreshing for an old soldier of the 7th PMA Long Course – commissioned February 1953 – and later PMA Ghaznavi Company Commander  (1967-69) to watch the 129th passing out parade of the PMA Kakul this morning. Many an old memory revived so vividly as if the 61 long years in between never existed ! Much has changed at the Rafiullah Drill Square since and pleasantly for the better too. The mere size of the smartly turned out parade – about 1200 cadets now against some 300 then – was highly impressive.  The Chief Guest, Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef was in his best and looked highly dignified and graceful. He had some very laudatory words for the army, its martyred heroes of the past decorated with the coveted Nishan e Haider, its present leadership like the COAS Gen. Raheel Sharif – a soldier and dedication personified – and the army’s important role in defending the integrity of the country with the entire nation ! at its back.   It was, as a matter of fact, highly reassuring and satisfying to hear such words from the PM and see the army and the ruling elite to be on the same page and frequency.  Nothing could be more than it as the need of the hour.


Incidentally, I believe there are female cadets also at the academy but I couldn’t find them taking part in the parade!  Why?

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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