KARACHI – Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman asked cadets to stay prepared to lay down their lives for the country if the need arises.

The air chief was addressing an impressive passing-out parade ceremony of Navy’s 106th course and 15th short course at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi as chief guest.

Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and facing both external and internal threats, he said. The enemy should not misunderstand us, we are well prepared to give a befitting reply to any misadventure, he warned.

The defence of coastal line has assumed significant importance amid the CPEC project, the air chief told the new cadets.

He said that the role of armed forces is important for defence of the country, adding that Pakistan was facing internal and external challenges.

He added that the armed forces were prepared to respond to enemy advances. Seventy cadets including two women, and a Yemen national passed out today.