Army can defend every inch: Musharraf
MARDAN: President General Pervez Musharraf has said the Pakistan Armed forces are adequately equipped and fully motivated to defend every inch of Pakistani territory.
Addressing officers and men at the Punjab Regimental Centre here Friday on the occasion of the installation ceremony of Colonel-in-Chief and Colonel Commandant of the Punjab Regiment, he paid tribute to the performance of the Pakistan Armed Forces. He said they (the forces) had displayed sterling qualities of faith, patriotism, professionalism and devotion to duty during the recent provocations by India on the Line of Control, working boundary and the international border.
Gen Musharraf urged the officers and men never to lower their guard or let complacency creep in and continue to strive for excellence.
He stressed upon the need for intensive peacetime training as it paid rich dividends in the times of test and trail. The president also praised the performance of the Punjab Regiment (the senior-most regiment of the Pakistan Army) in operations, training, sports and administration. He said that the standards set by the units of the Regiment should serve as a guideline for others to follow.
Earlier, the president pinned the badges of rank on the shoulders of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Muhammad Aziz Khan and Chief of Logistics Staff Lt Gen Imtiaz Shaheen and presented them with the regimental cap to formally install them as the new Colonel-in-Chief and Colonel Commandant of the Punjab Regiment respectively.
He congratulated both the Officers and hoped that the Punjab Regiment would benefit greatly from their able leadership. Thanking the president, both the officers said that they would strive to live up to the trust reposed in them and make concerted efforts to keep the colours of the Punjab Regiment flying high. —APP