KARACHI: The passing-out parade of 26th Basic Recruits Training Course of the Pakistan Rangers Sindh was held at the Rangers Headquarters on Saturday in which 981 cadets graduated. During the ceremony, the cadets took the oath to protect the motherland from any internal and external threats.
The chief guest, Interior Minister Shehryar Khan Afridi was presented a guard of honour by a contingent of Sindh Rangers. The minister, appreciating the role of Rangers, said that the Rangers had rendered many sacrifices for the restoration of peace in Karachi.
He said that the Rangers overcame all challenges to restore peace in Karachi. He added that the force carried out more than 16,000 operations during a period of five years and handed over 12,000 criminals, including terrorists, to the police after apprehending them. He said that some of the recent international events, including Pakistan Super League (PSL), International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), Aman-19 exercises, were made possible because of the Rangers' efforts.
He expressed hope that now nobody would be able to disrupt the city's peace again. He added that the city had become a hub of economics and trade zone and the situation in the whole of Sindh had improved. He said that the ill-intentions of the enemies of the state would not be realised. "The state will not be blackmailed by those working on someone else's agenda in the name of democracy".
He further said, "There will be no compromise on the motherland's Constitution and law and no one will be able to paralyse the system through a phone calls from abroad". He warned internal and external anti-state elements to give up their evil practices. "It is my message that those sitting in the country and assisting miscreants should eschew their decision".
Afridi said that it was an important day in the life of the cadets who are being recruited by a prestigious institution. In the past 70 years, Sindh Rangers had made a history of courage, bravery and sacrifices. The country fully honours the performance of the Rangers, who played their part in bringing peace to Karachi, he added.
Rangers Director General (DG) Major-General Mohammad Saeed and other officials also attended the event.