Acting as the Chief Guest at the passing-out parade held at Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul, Abbottabad, on Saturday, the Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa advised the gathered cadets to combat hybrid warfare, but at the same time be mindful of the distinction between hybrid war and constructive criticism.
“Most voices that might seem loud to you, come from a place of love, patriotism and trust and therefore must be heeded.”
“The enemies who plotted our doom and destruction are watching us with disdain. Having failed and feeling frustrated, they have now subjected us to a 24/7 hybrid war. This war is not fought in the battle fields but in the minds. In previous wars, soldiers were taking the brunt on the frontline; in this new war, however, leadership at all levels is the target. It is a huge challenge that you will be confronted with from the day one. Please keep in mind that not only you have to discern light from the darkness, but also protect your men from sedition. The best way to do it, is to just follow the SOPs, traditions and time-tested ethos of the Army. Remember, we are all soldiers of Pakistan regardless of our caste, creed, sect and ethnicity and we will always stand together as one, as this is our strength”
“The objective of hybrid war is to target the sense of hope in Pakistan and to perpetuate the perception of ‘Yahan Kuch Acha Nahi ho Sakta’. Let me tell you, ‘Yahan Sub Acha Hoga’. We Pakistanis always find a way, and that we will “InshaAllah”
“But do not confuse sincere critique from Hybrid war. Most voices that might seem loud to you, come from a place of love, patriotism and trust and therefore must be heeded. We must listen to our people and apply corrections where needed. These voices are a proof that we are alive and well as a nation that is moving in the right direction. Our strength is our strong bond with our people, constitution of our country, democracy and the democratic values that our people follow and therefore we shall defend this bond and our democratic values to the hilt”
142nd PMA Long Course, 32nd Technical Graduate Course, 61st Integrated Course, 16th Lady Cadet Course and 1st Basic Military Training Course. Cadets from Palestine, Maldives, Qatar and Sri Lanka were also among the courses that passed-out