KHARIAN: President Pervez Musharraf has said that defence of the country has been made impregnable during the last eight years, added that Pakistan Army is one of the best in the world, which has not only ensured security of the country but has also contributed substantially towards various national development programmes. The President said this while paying a farewell visit to 44 Self Propelled (SP) Regiment of Artillery at Cantonment.
He said, “Our missile programme is very accurate and well ahead of our adversary”. Musharraf lauded the efforts of all ranks of the Army for their contribution towards various national development programmes. Recounting his last nine years, the President said that the country has progressed well since 1999 and there is quantum leap in all fields ranging from communication infrastructure, to telecom, industry and agriculture. He said in 1999 the country was almost on the verge of collapse and today our GDP is 146 billion US dollars and we are expecting it to rise upto 162 billion US dollars.
During his visit to 44 Self Propelled (SP) Regiment, Musharraf met with the Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and men of the Regiment. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff was also present on the occasion. Addressing the Darbar, President recalled his association with the Unit when was serving there as Second In Command and later as the Commanding Officer.
President said that his association with the Regiment is spanned over more than three and a half decades. He paid rich tributes to the officers and men of the unit who have rendered supreme sacrifices for defence of the country. He said, “May it be peace and war, the contribution of the officers and men of unit has been immaculate. President said that he is proud to have remained associated with Pakistan Army for almost 46 years and cherishes his affiliation with 44 Self Propelled Regiment.-SANA