President Asif Ali Zardari’ Address at Naval Academy, Karachi (January 4, 2010) Following is the text of President’s address: Bismillah Hir Rahmanir Rahim. It gives me great pleasure to be at the Pakistan Naval Academy today for the passing out parade of Mid-Ship-Men and the SSC Class. It is an honour to witness the impressive parade of the officers and cadets and wish to congratulate them all. I am particularly pleased to note that for the first time female officers are also a part of this passed out parade. Their presence at this ceremony reflects the policy of our government to encourage women to play their part in all areas of national progress including defence. For the officers, men and women, who are passing out it is memorable day. It is also a great day in the life of their parents and guardians. You have completed training successfully and qualified to enter into a great profession. A rewarding and glorious career awaits you. You can rightly be proud of joining the fraternity of Naval Officers in particular and the Armed Forces of Pakistan in general. You, your parents and the faculty have good reason to celebrate this memorable day. At the same time also remember that you have chosen a highly demanding career. It is a career in which duty takes the first place, before anything else. It is your devotion to duty that will inspire men and women under your command and give you strength to lead them. The training you have had so far has equipped you with the tools and knowledge which will help you to lead highly trained and motivated men and women. Your conduct, professionalism and actions will be watched closely. Your success in the Service, indeed in life, will depend on how best you use your experience and how best you inspire and lead others. I am confident that you will rise to the expectations of the Pakistan Naval Academy, of the Service you have joined and above all, of the entire nation. Ladies and Gentlemen, Pakistan is a peace-loving nation. We believe in peace with honor. However, our desire for peace must not be taken as a sign of weakness. We have full faith in our Armed Forces and the people to defend the country. Our nation and armed forces are ready to meet all challenges. They are to guard against all external and internal threats. It is our duty to fight against the external and internal enemies who disrupt our peace, our progress and our efforts to bring prosperity to the people. We will not fail our country and our nation. Pakistan does not want an arms race in the region. At the same time however we must remain prepared to meet any threat to our sovereignty. A strong Navy is necessary to meet any challenge to our maritime security. The recent induction of PNS ZULFIQUAR and helicopters is intended to strengthen our Navel Fleet. I am particularly pleased that Pakistan Navy is following the path of self-reliance. The construction of submarines in Pakistan is a great step forward in this direction. I urge you to make the optimum use of the national resources. Ladies and Gentlemen, Pakistan faces new challenges to its security. Militancy and extremism is a new and a great threat to our existence. We need a united national commitment to fight and defeat militancy. The present government has given political ownership to this fight. Pakistan Navy’s participation of Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan has enhanced Navy’s professional capabilities in checking arms, drugs and human smuggling. It has improved our capacity to fight the threat of militancy to our national security. It is reassuring that Pakistan Navy commanded thrice the Maritime Task Force-150.”It shows our resolve to promote international peace. It reflects high professional standards of Pakistan Navy. My Dear Young Naval Officers, on this occasion I urge you to dedicate yourselves to your profession and protect the country’s sea lances of communications. I am pleased to learn that our Navy is also training cadets from brotherly countries of Kazakhstan, Maldives, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. I hope our foreign guests will carry fond memories of their stay in Pakistan. Once again I wish to congratulate you all on passing out and receiving Commission in Pakistan Navy. I specially compliment Mid-ship-man Syed Muhammad Arsalan for winning the sword of Honour and Main Top Squadron for winning the Proficiency Banner. I thank Chief of the Naval Staff for inviting me to witness this impressive parade. May Allah be with us (Aameen) I thank you all. Pakistan Navy Zindabad. Pakistan Paindabad”.