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Pakistan army major says training Sandhurst cadets ‘humbling’

LONDON: A Pakistan Army officer, who is training cadets at the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, has said his appointment as a trainer at the prestigious military academy is acknowledgement of the professionalism of Pakistan army soldiers who undergo a tough training regime in addition to the reliance on Pakistan by leading countries of the world.

Major Uqbah Malik, who graduated from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in April 2007 and underwent training alongside the Duke of Cambridge Prince William, told The News in an interview on an Reunion event at Sandhurst that Pakistan’s successful counter-insurgency campaign against terrorists has won acknowledgement all over the world. Today, Pakistan leads and is seen as a role model for countering armed militancy, he said.

Major Uqbah returned to train officers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in August 2015 and will be returning in August this year to Pakistan to join his parent battalion, the 1st Sindh Regiment in Waziristan. “My experience at the Sandhurst has been humbling and brilliant. I have been serving here as a platoon commander and I have thoroughly enjoyed imparting skills that I learnt at Kakul, the Pakistan Military Academy as well as my practical involvement in the war against terrorism when I served in Waziristan for 3 years before coming to the UK.”

Major Uqbah said that the British and Pakistani governments agreed to send a trainer from Pakistan with preferences of knowledge about the counter-insurgency skills. Major Uqbah was picked up because he had experienced operational fronts in Waziristan and Afghan Border in addition to serving in Azad (Independent) Kashmir bordering India.

Quoting Commander Filed Army, Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders who spoke at an event on Saturday the 6th of May that Major Uqbah Malik hosted at Sandhurst commemorating the first ever Pakistani Sandhurst graduates reunion and 70 years of Pakistan-UK relationship, later published in an article by this correspondent that appeared in The News and Geo, that Pakistan Army has achieved in Waziristan what British couldn’t achieve in 150 years in Waziristan through out its time in British India, Major Uqbah said that remarks by the British military commander showed how much Pakistan has achieved against terrorists. “This admission by Commander Field Field Army not only shows the respect the British have for Pakistan but an immense level of trust also. There is no match to what Pakistan has achieved purely through their extreme level of sound professionalism.”

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