Following the Passing Out Parade (POP) at the Dehradun-based Indian Military Academy, the Indian Army, on December 13, got a total of 601 officers. Apart from this, 64 foreign gentlemen cadets, including 44 from Afghanistan, 12 from Tajikistan, 3 from Maldives, 2 each from Nepal and Mauritius, and one from Kazakhstan, graduated from the IMA.
Chief of the General Staff of Afghan National Army Sher Mohammad Karimi, who reviewed the parade at IMA, termed his presence at the function as “home coming”. Karimi reached IMA on December 12 to attend the function.
“It has been a sort of home coming for me as I have attended a number of courses in India,” Karimi recalled his association with the country at the function. He added the world is in state of flux. “I have seen the changes in my own country. There were difficult times but a soldier is always a soldier, ready to bear the responsibilities,” Karimi mentioned in his speech.
He also said that the bonds of friendship that gentlemen cadets have developed here at the Indian Military Academy will be with them throughout their military career. “It feels great to know that amongst you today are 64 gentlemen cadets from five different countries. I congratulate 44 cadets from my own country Afghanistan, 12 cadets from Tajikistan, 3 from Maldives, two cadets from each Mauritius and Nepal and one from Kazakhstan,” Karimi said at the gathering.
Out of the total 601 officers, who were inducted into the Indian Army, 103 officers are from UP, 73 are from Haryana and 51 are from Uttarakhand. Bhanu Pratap was adjudged as Best All Around cadet during the training and he was awarded sword of honour.