Splendid passing-out parade held for smartly turned out naval officers

Published: July 5, 2011
Six officers from Palestine and eight from Saudi Arabia also train at the naval academy

Six officers from Palestine and eight from Saudi Arabia also train at the naval academy

Six officers from Palestine and eight from Saudi Arabia also train at the naval academy The commissioning term of the Pakistan Naval Academy during the 95th officers graduate ceremony on Monday. PHOTOS: INP

The passing-out ceremony for 94 officers, including seven women, took place on Monday at the Pakistan Naval Academy. The women will not, however, be taking part in combat.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir addressed the newly commissioned officers. He lauded the participation of women in the armed forces and said that the creation of a fourth batch of women officers not only signified the self assurance of Pakistani women in their abilities, but also their will to step into the seafaring profession — once considered exclusively the domain of men. The Commandant Gold Medal was given to Cadet Beenish Zaidi.

Women officers of the Pakistan Navy do not do duty on warships since they have no combat roles in the armed forces. The women officers who pass out from the naval academy usually join the institution’s information and technology department, supply and logistics, education and public relations. The women doctors who join the navy are usually either recruited from the Army Medical College after completing five years of studying medicine there or are foreign graduates who are directly commissioned into the force as lieutenants.

According to a handout issued by the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Bashir didn’t specifically mention the recent PNS Mehran attack. However, he did say that Pakistan today was beset by numerous challenges.

The scourge of terrorism continues to plague our national efforts towards becoming a progressive and prosperous nation. He was convinced that the nation would surmount the challenge and find its rightful place in the comity of nations.

Bashir said modern weaponry alone did not guarantee success — professional skills and the undeterred will to accomplish the task against all odds were also important.

Earlier, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy Commodore Ayaz Ahmed Nasir said that the commissioning term included six officers from Palestine and eight from Saudi Arabia along with 32 Short Service Commissioned officers. Palestine does not have a full-fledged navy force like the Pakistan Navy. However, it does have a small fleet of a few boats and in their courses at the naval academy, they are given basic training. The Pakistan Naval Academy, which was established in 1971, has since its inception trained over 2,000 personnel from other countries, including Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Qatar and Bahrain.

At the end of the ceremony, prizes were awarded. Midshipman Zeeshan Javed was the recipient of the Sword of Honour for best performance.

The Academy’s Dirk was taken away by Midshipman Saad Sohail Malik. For best all-round performance, the Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal was awarded to Lt. M. Wahab Usama and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal went to a proud Cadet Mohsin Saeed. Cadet Tharawat JH Jamalan from Palestine received the CNS Gold Medal and was declared the best all-round allied cadet.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2011.


A slideshow of pictures from the passing out parade can be seen here.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (36)

  • B
    Jul 5, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Why is the hijab a part of the uniform??? In Pakistan this is an individual’s choice and should not be imposed on as a uniform. Shame on the Navy for imposing this and then they wonder how come some of their rank and file are infiltrated by Al-Qaeda. Pakistan’s Armed Forces and Navy needs to stop being Arabized and Wahabized. You are here to defend us, not impose your religious views on us.

    Such practices are discriminatory to non-Muslim Pakistanis who might want to join the Navy and go against the freedom of individual rights. Have we not learned the hard way that religion and state needs to be kept separate? Think of how many soldiers we have lost due to this confusion we have caused about how people can dictate their religious views on others and force them to comply.

    No religious dictations from anyone in authority. FREEDOM.Recommend

  • Naveed
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:02PM

    what do they wear when they are swimming?…I am curious to knowRecommend

  • Uzair
    Jul 5, 2011 - 1:16PM

    @B, this is not the Pakistan Navy, this is Farhat Hashmi’s Navy :)Recommend

  • Saad Warraich
    Jul 5, 2011 - 1:25PM

    B and Naveed you remind me of people who always see the glass half empty….Recommend

  • Noor
    Jul 5, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Naveed sahib,

    Why do you relate Islamic hijab to Alqaida, this is what the west media has done to you.

    In so called Islamin country, state and religion are not separate, they are one. Read some history. And don’t try to be modern through westernization; there are other honorable ways like manufactring Pak cars, cell phones etc.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 5, 2011 - 1:55PM

    The question really should be , Can they even swim at all??
    Pehaps in Pak Navy its not an requirment for these women !!!
    All this is for show of modernity of Pak Navy with veil of Islamisation of the Institution, as every other body in Pakistan !!
    Thanks to Zia, and his Saudi master’s introduction of this Wahabism to an society which was secular until creation of Islamic republic !!!
    Hence Pakistan’s Identity Crises in 21st century Global World !!!Recommend

  • Naveed
    Jul 5, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Noor Sahib..

    what did I say ?…I m just curious to know about the costume they use while swimming.. that’s it?…I never said anything against Hijab n Al Qaeda, which of course doesn’t mean that I have nothing against it. maybe you were referring to B’s comments which were based on pure logic and reason.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jul 5, 2011 - 2:05PM

    What about wearing the pants then? Should we give that choice to individual’s as well? or if as long as its close to western culture we can always impose as a uniform? Recommend

  • sudhir
    Jul 5, 2011 - 2:12PM

    Islamic swiming burkaRecommend

  • Musalman
    Jul 5, 2011 - 2:21PM

    It appears that we just have to blind follow the west in all matters flatly ignoring the demands of our religion.Recommend

  • Jul 5, 2011 - 3:04PM

    have you bozos heard of burkinis?Recommend

  • Usman Ahmad
    Jul 5, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Cool! My friend Qaiser has passed-out too. Congrats buddy! Recommend

  • SZ
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:02PM

    As long as its a western dress noone has issues…… How morally low our thinking isRecommend

  • Akthar
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:07PM

    Why is she not covering her face? Tight fitting clothes is not permitted? Ji Haaaaaard! Recommend

  • Aamer
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:15PM

    Wish they spent the money protecting all those equipment tax payers bought them too. Recommend

  • Much Amused
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:18PM

    Mr Noor please explain why the women are standing in front/together with the men? It seems un-Islamic and from your angle should not be allowed.Recommend

  • Amer
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:28PM

    Again, we see narrow minded trolls on ET taking things into the direction of ranting against the armed forces etc.
    Pakistanis are proud of their armed forces. We are proud of our daughters who serve in the armed forces. They don’t have to take dictation from creepy trolls on ET who can’t even put their real names here! Recommend

  • fudgeuall
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:35PM

    Whatever, the one in the middle is hot ;) even in hijabRecommend

  • S
    Jul 5, 2011 - 4:53PM

    You twits cribbing about the hijab in their uniform, ever wondered if the women might have chosen to wear it? as far as I am aware, the hijab is not part of PN’s uniform for women. Does any one of you Indian twits even know that the officer uniform for women in Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force (not pilots, soldiers etc) is sari? Yes, It’s not belly baring and provocative a la Kareena, but it is a sari, and there’s no restriction on wearing a hijab, though some officers do cover their heads. It’s carried over from the British Army days and even though there has been some effort to have it changed to shalwar kameez, the Army has proudly stuck to its “Tradition”. If you want to criticize radicalization of the Pakistan forces, that is another topic, and it has some truth (perhaps illustrated by the fact that all seven cadets cover their heads) but it is NOT THE UNIFORM. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jul 5, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Why not combat duties?. I think women are better fighters than men, recently Taliban’s women have proved it.Recommend

  • Andrea
    Jul 5, 2011 - 5:32PM

    The mere presence of the hijab on these women implies that they should be inside and not serving in the military since it makes them appear more passive and like houswives. If they are so intent on wearing the hijab, maybe they should just stay at home behind walls and make sure no one sees them outside at all. Shame on the navy for letting such behaviour creep in.Recommend

  • Jul 5, 2011 - 6:18PM

    there is a comment with the given name of “tightchuddi”. Now i dont know what criteria you are following to allow such names to go through the filter but I think you ought to know that ‘chuddi’ is not a word that should be seen on a public forum much less a news website.Recommend

  • Someone
    Jul 5, 2011 - 6:28PM

    All of the comments here, including the ones made by Indians, are rubbish and belong to the nearest garbage bin. I don’t even know what sort comments ‘moderation’ policy ET maintains; very disappointed.

    On a side note, good luck to the new soldiers. Pakistan zindabadRecommend

  • Much Amused
    Jul 5, 2011 - 6:29PM

    Which one? There are two in the middle.Recommend

  • Much Amused
    Jul 5, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Are they wearing pants or Shalwars? Can someone please enlighten me. Thanks.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jul 5, 2011 - 6:37PM

    Parades are pretty much what the Pakistan Armed Forces are good for.Recommend

  • sarah
    Jul 5, 2011 - 7:38PM

    congratz to all who passed out!
    and the people who r criticizing the uniform and dos n don’ts of PAK NAVY,,, get a life!
    can’t u just accept the damn thing that women are progressing. Think positive. Or u get up and do something noticeable for ur country!


  • Aliya
    Jul 5, 2011 - 7:52PM

    @Amer, having a problem with hijab as part of a uniform has nothing to do with being anti-armed forces and nothing to do with pride in women being part of Armed forces. As a woman it is important to me that men and women get equal opportunities, which includes dress code. Also it is very important to me that women are treated like equal fighting partners. I think you are missing the point raised. Hijab should be an individual choice and if a head dress has to be part of a uniform for Pak Navy, it should be a Pakistani article like a dupatta.

    Criticism is healthy and the Armed forces should be open enough to take feedback and reflect upon it. We are the people they have sworn to protect after all.Recommend

  • B
    Jul 5, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Dear Amer, giving your initials is not being scared and why have u just given the first name, Pakistan has millions of Amers. You are as anonymous as me. I am the biggest supporter of Pak Army and BBC is always calling me on air to give a position on controvesial topics where I defend them, even if they are in the wrong because I do not believe in criticising our own to outsiders.

    But inside Pakistan and on a Pakistani forum I have a full right to raise my concerns. I do not agree with hijab being enforced on anyone. It is a personal choice and cannot be part of a uniform. Also I do think as a citizen of Pakistan I have full right to be concerned about the reasons why extremists have managed to infilrate our armed forces. The future of my country depends on this problem. Today Pakistan would not be in this trouble if our people could see, discern and understand these issues instead of making it as taking sides against or for our armed forces. Critical thinking is a national deficit. Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Jul 5, 2011 - 8:30PM

    Are the comments on ET really moderated??
    & were the comments of “fudgeuall” & “sudhir” moderated?? if yes then I would really like to know what was the reason here for such kinda comment…Disgusting!!Recommend

  • Sadie
    Jul 5, 2011 - 9:23PM

    When you say ‘Such practices are discriminatory to non-Muslim Pakistanis who might want to join the Navy and go against the freedom of individual rights.’ what do you think of the ‘short-skirt’ uniform used in some flights for air-hostesses n also at other places?? Isn’t that discriminatory for Muslims???Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 5, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Critical thinking has never been part of the educational cirriculum in Pakistan for over last 30 years, hence so many sheeps in the Nation today !!Recommend

  • B
    Jul 5, 2011 - 11:28PM

    @Sadie you think 2 wrongs make a right? So if others don’t give freedom of choice, we also should not? Also have you not noticed that most progressive airlines allow female air hostesses to wear trousers as well and long skirts.

    @S can we please have solid proof that this particular hijab is not part of the uniform. In the Army yes it’s by choice, and you always see some with and some without. But here they all are and the hijab is identical uniform type. Also there is imense peer pressure in Pakistan to don the hijab, so I am not sure about the actual freedom of choice element. Recommend

  • Awais
    Jul 5, 2011 - 11:35PM

    This is wt we r all about…what a splendid day for them and instead of wishing best of luck look what we are doing…spreading hate..hats off to all mean people here.Recommend

  • Zoe
    Jul 6, 2011 - 12:09AM

    @Sadie just wondering if u think Muslims should follow those who discriminate and do reverse discrimination? Recommend

  • Laila
    Jul 6, 2011 - 8:34AM

    @Awais since you are not a woman in Pakistan, you have never faced discrimination and never had to use the hijab to feel safer so you cannot know the position of women on this matter. Pakistan is ranked the third worst place for women, one reason for that is cultural discriminaton. The sphere of cultural discrimination is so vast and wide spread that unless the men themselves feel embarrassed at this ranking this discrimination will not change.

    Pakistan is ranked third worst despite women in positions of political power, because none of them have done anything to change or better the position of all women in Pakistan. So having a few women in the Armed forces also does not bring real change. It depends on how much actual freedom our women soldiers and sailors actually have.

    What I also cannot understand is why some here think the ones raising questions are Indians, especially since they say they are Pakistani. I am a Pakistani too. I do not care about what happens in India, or that they are no better. I care about what happens in Pakistan.

    Yes critical thinking is lacking so much that some cannot fathom that Pakistanis can raise questions. And that raising questions equal hate?? Sad. Recommend

More in Pakistan