SPEECH BY THE ADVISER TO THE PRIME MINISTER ON
GRADUATION CEREMONY OF
36 TH SPECIALIZED COURSE
24 TH JUNIOR DIPLOMATIC COURSE
Director General Foreign Service Academy,
Participants of the 36 th Specialized Diplomatic Course &
24 th Junior Diplomatic Course
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me immense pleasure to be among you this morning for the
passing out ceremony of the Specialized Diplomatic Course for the Foreign
Service Probationers as well as Junior Diplomatic Course for Foreign
Let me begin by felicitating all of you on the successful completion of
On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, let me also be the first to
welcome the Foreign Service Probationers to the Foreign Office.
The end of one journey is always the beginning of another. This is a
critical juncture for you. You stand at the threshold of your professional
lives, and your promising careers.
You are joining the Ministry at a particularly exciting and challenging
time. You will find that in the Ministry, while there may be challenges
along the way, merit and hard work are always acknowledged and
You will have many opportunities for personal growth and
enrichment. For today's diplomat, constant knowledge acquisition and skills
development is not just a luxury, it's an absolute requirement.
As you enter your professional lives, we expect you to maintain and
uphold a high level of motivation, hard work, honesty and integrity that are
the great hallmarks of this service.
Soon you will hold the flag of this country in your hands, a flag that
commands from you, your unflinching loyalty, devotion and dedication
beyond the call of duty.
I have also been informed that 10 Probationers of 36 th Specialized
Diplomatic Course will be proceeding to the Netherland's Institute of
International Relations; "Clingendael" for a six-week training course. I am
sure it would be a rich experience for them. Those of you who could not it
make it to the Clingendael, will have ample opportunities for other courses
in the near future.
Lastly, I would like our young diplomats to remember what the father
of the nation, Quaid-e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had said. He had
observed and I quote:-
"Our objective should be peace within and peace without. We want to
live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our
immediate neighbours and with the world at large. We have no
aggressive designs against anyone. We stand by the United Nations
Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and
prosperity of the world."
I wish you continued success in your professional and personal
Now, a few words for our foreign friends
Dear participants of the 24 th Junior Diplomatic Course
I wish to congratulate you for successfully completing your short
training at the Foreign Service Academy. I understand that your decision to
attend a course in a foreign country especially during the festive season of
Christmas might not have been an easy one but I am glad that you did. I
have been told that you all have done well and shown real sense of
professionalism and intellectual curiosity during your training programme.
As you all know, the Pakistan of today is a strong and vibrant nation
of nearly two hundred million people. Our country is richly endowed with
human and natural resources. It is strategically located at the cross-roads of
three vital regions of the world. We are seeking friendship and cooperation
with the international community. We are committed to a secure world order
based on freedom, Justice and equity. We are committed to seek an end to
poverty and promotion of socio-economic development across the world.
We are facing threats from terrorism and militancy but then the government
has initiated a series of measures to contain and eliminate this menace
through National Action Plan (NAP) with considerable success. We are
determined not to let the toxic brew of terrorism and extremism succeed.
I hope that the seminars and discussions covering the capacity
building topics as well as important regional and international issues have
been helpful in brushing your knowledge about the challenges in
international relations and diplomacy.
I am sure your visits to various cities and institutions have helped
broaden your knowledge and understanding about Pakistan, its people,
culture, cuisine and economic potential as against the skewed narratives
projected in the media.
I am pleased to learn that the Foreign Service Academy has constantly
endeavored to stay ahead of the curve. The Academy has not only produced
some outstanding diplomats who have represented Pakistan with great
distinction and honour but also trained over 1200 diplomats from friendly
countries, some of them working at very senior positions in their respective
Ladies and Gentlemen
With these words, I would like to again convey my felicitations to the
diplomats of 36th Specialized Diplomatic Course and 24th Junior
Diplomatic Course on the successful completion of their training at the
Academy and wish them success in their future endeavors. I am sure the
bonds of friendship you have built your stay in Pakistan, will become
stronger in the years to come and will contribute to improve relations among