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Academia role imperative in national defence at AIOU: Says Air Marshal Sohail Aman

Islamabad: Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Sohail Aman said that the role of academia and the youth is highly imperative to safeguard the national defence and fight out menace of extremism and terrorism.
Participating in the panel discussion (Talk-show), held here on Thursday at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), he emphasized that the academic institutions should fulfill their responsibility in motivating the young generation to keep up the spirit of 1965’s war.
The discussion, arranged by the AIOU to celebrate the Defence Day of Pakistan was also participated by Lt. Gen. (Retd) Amjad Shohaid, eminent writer Iftikar Arif, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui and families of ‘Shuhada’.
The day was also marked by holding national songs’ competitions among the students of local educational institutions. The panel discussion was arranged in the form of talks-show of PTV’s 45 minute program, conducted by the channel’s anchor person Ms. Naheed Chaudhry. The speakers deliberated upon the topic of ‘Haumain payar hy Pakistan Sy’.
Those who were present in the jam–packed hall of the AIOU included parents of shaheed major Pervaiz Saddique, who was decorated with Tamgha Basalat for scarifying his life for national cause and wife of Lance Naiz Ghazafer.
Air Marshal Sohail Aman appreciated the AIOU for arranging a befitting the Day’s activities. About the strength of the armed forces, he said Pakistani jawan has ability to create wonders in the defence of the country. There is indigenization in the Pakistan’s army to meet its defence requirements, he said, adding, “We are no more dependence on other for having essential weapons.”
He said, Pakistan’s army is strong enough to give strong resistance against any adventurism by the enemy, even while fighting non-conventional war. The academia and youth of the country should also prepare themselves to counter disinformation warfare, waged by the enemy through social media.

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