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22nd July 2020 17:48:16 Hours

Quetta's Command & Staff College Marks Centenary Awarding Medals to Past Sri Lankan Graduates

The centennial of the founding of Pakistan’s prestigious seat of military learning, Command and Staff College in Quetta was marked this morning (22) at its Sri Lankan counterpart at Sapugaskanda under the aegis of High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo.

To coincide with the centenary, a group of 37 retired and serving Officers of the Army and the Air Force who had read for the psc degree in Pakistan’s Command and Staff College during 1960 - 2005 were awarded special mementos on the occasion, dignified by the presence of HE High Commissioner of Pakistan, Major General (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak, Secretary Defence, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias and several other Senior Officers of the Army and the Air Force.

High Commissioner of Pakistan, HE Major General (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak, together with the Commandant at Sapugaskanda Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) welcomed the Secretary Defence, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief Guest for the occasion on arrival at the (Defence Services Command and Staff College) DSCSC premises.

The day’s centenary commemoration commenced with the introductory welcome remarks made by Colonel Sajjad Ali, Defence Attaché at the High Commission of Pakistan and the subsequent recital of both Sri Lanka’s and Pakistan’s national anthems.

The event reached its climax when medal recipients were invited on stage to receive venerated medals of the Pakistan’s Command and Staff College. Among those who were felicitated on the occasion was Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary Defence, who had also followed the psc degree in Pakistan. Among those recipients still serving included Major General Jagath Gunawardena, Chief of Staff of the Army. Pakistan’s High Commissioner pinned the medals on those graduate officers who followed the course during 1960 – 2005.

Held at DSCSC ‘Maroon Hall’, the brief medal-awarding ceremony saw Pakistan’s High Commissioner hailing the ever-lasting friendly ties that prevail between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and renewing commitment to work closely further in order to boost mutual cooperation in all fields. The Chief Guest, Secretary Defence also addressed the occasion and expressed his deep gratitude to the High Commission for its thoughtfulness and arrangements, made in connection with the centenary celebrations of the Command and Staff College, Quetta.

The well-attended ceremony culminated with a group photo plus exchange of mementos as tokens of goodwill.

HE the High Commissioner of Pakistan in appreciation of participation at the centenary commemoration, awarded special mementos to the day’s Chief Guest, Secretary Defence, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias.

The host, High Commissioner of Pakistan in his closing remarks recalled the services of Pakistan’s Command and Staff College and how it has spread its wings inviting foreign military officers for training in those academic modules. He also thanked the Secretary Defence, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Commander of the Air Force and the Commandant, DSCSC for their participation in the centenary celebrations.

Pakistan’s Command and Staff College in Quetta has been the alma mater of many renowned soldiers from countries the world over. Some of the distinguished personalities include Field Marshals Wavell, Montgomery, Auchinleck and Slim (UK), Blarney (Australia), Ayub Khan (Pakistan) and Manekshaw (India).

The Command and Staff College, Quetta, is the oldest and the most prestigious institution of the Pakistan Army.