Colombo, Sri Lankan Chapter of Pakistan’s National Defense University Alumni Association was launched in impressive ceremony held Wednesday at Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, says a press release.
Pakistan’s visiting Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne, was guest of honor at the event also attended by High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Seema Ilahi Baloch. Chief of Defense Staff Sri Lanka Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke and Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya also attended along with members of Alumni Association and a large number of prominent personalities of Sri Lanka.
National Defense University Alumni Association is platform for Sri Lankan Officers of all three segments of Armed Forces who attended training courses at Pakistan’s National Defense University Islamabad. Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke, Chief of Defense Staff Sri Lanka is Chief Patron of Alumni Association and High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka is Co-patron of Alumni Association.
National Defense University (NDU) is premier institution of Pakistan, catering for needs of senior leadership from various segments of society, both domestic and international, in comprehending security issues and policy, strategy formulation. NDU is center of excellence in academic and research pursuits in diversified disciplines providing well thought out inputs on national security at strategic level. Several Senior Sri Lankan Officers from Armed forces have been attending courses at NDU annually since 1993. Currently NDU Alumni Association has 26 members, who hold highly significant assignments in their respective institutions in all segments of Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
Launch of Association during visit of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Pakistan to Sri Lanka is of immense importance as time tested relationship between two friendly countries is transforming on to a different pedestal of association after the war ended in Sri Lanka. Pakistan is one of those very few countries which provided all out support to Sri Lankan stance at the UNHRC Session.
Pakistan has always supported unity, territorial integrity, sovreignty of Sri Lanka. Pakistan & Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial training collaboration for Army, Navy and Air Force. Over period of time, a strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding has been reached between both friendly armed forces. In future too, both countries are expected to work more closely in defense to boost peace efforts in the region.