Pakistani officers invited to NDA passout parade

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    Pakistani officers present praise the NDA parade

    PUNE: For two defence officers from Pakistan, the Passing-Out-Parade (POP) of the National Defence Academy's (NDA) 119th course in Pune on Monday revived memories of their days as cadets back in Pakistan.

    Pakistan's defence and army adviser Brig Sarfraz Sattar Chaudhri, and Naval adviser Captain Muhammad Saleem, posted in the defence wing of the High Commission for Pakistan in India, who attended the POP, said, "It was a good show'' and it brought back memories of their days as cadets. The attendance of the Pakistani officers came in a as a bit of surprise to many.

    During their interaction with the media, the officers said that there cannot be a comparison between the training at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) at Kakul and the NDA. "The PMA is altogether a different service academy and cannot be compared with the NDA as the latter is a tri-service military training institution," they said.

    When asked about Indo-Pak relations, Brig Chaudhri said, "My presence at the academy itself is a message of the current Indo-Pak relations."

    According to NDA officials, there are a number of cadets from foreign countries such as Nepal, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Maldives and others as part of a government exchange programme. The foreign officials of these countries were also present during the POP.

    Besides the two officers from Pakistan, the defence officer of Tajikistan in India was also present for the PoP ceremony. Invitations are sent by the NDA to all the defence attache.

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