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Armed forces Leading from the front to eliminate terrorism: Pak Naval Chief

25 January, 2015

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KARACHI: Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah has said that Pakistan remains an active stakeholder in ‘War on Terror’ and in this volatile scenario the armed forces have been leading from the front to eliminate terrorism.

He was addressing the graduates of the 26th convocation of Pakistan Navy Engineering College, a constituent college of National University of Science and Technology (NUST), which was held at the Bahria Auditorium here on Saturday. He awarded degrees to 237 graduates in various disciplines of engineering.

The naval chief said that Pakistan Navy being a technology-intensive force has always pursued higher education to groom its officers in all departments and has converted PN Engineering College into a hub of higher education, with the consistent support, encouragement and cooperation of NUST.

Admiral Zakaullah said that Pakistan Navy is committed to groom its officers and men at par with regional and international navies through participation in international exercises, training at foreign military institutions and participation in various international forums. He urged the students to harness their full potential to serve the motherland and prove themselves as responsible and resourceful citizens.

He said, “While entering into professional life, I can imagine that multifaceted challenges are waiting and this institution expects you to uphold its reputation with excellence in professional knowledge and skills. You have to gain expertise and to develop research capacity to become a much needed engineering professional.”

The naval chief advised the students to uphold national ideology, be the custodians of ideological frontiers of the country and stick to basic principles of ‘unity, faith and discipline’. He appreciated the NUST-PNEC collaboration and commitment for strengthening R&D culture in the country and flying of National Flag at the international arena.

The graduates included 74 Pakistan Navy officers, 10 officers from Royal Saudi Naval Forces and 153 NUST civilian students who were awarded ‘Bachelor of Engineering’ (BE) degrees in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering.

Earlier in his welcome address, Pakistan Navy Engineering College Commandant Commodore Zahid Iqbal highlighted that Pakistan Navy Engineering College has attained excellent reputation and apart from teaching BE degree courses in various disciplines, the College is also conducting Ms and PhD programmes in a range of engineering fields. He apprised that currently 34 students are undergoing PhD programme at the college.

The commandant highlighted that their students are representing Pakistan at national and international arenas, and especially have won trophies in international sports competitions held in Philippines, Cyprus and the UK which accords prideful distinction to the institution.

NUST rector, Karachi commander, senior naval officers, parents and relatives of the graduating students also attended the ceremony.

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