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Dec 26, 2006 at 02:28pm IST

Pak army will soon have women officers

New Delhi: Eight of the 41 cadets from the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul became the first women guards of honour. The ceremony took place at the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah on his 130th birth anniversary.

The 41 women cadets however will join the army as non-combat officers. Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf seemed quite pleased with the development.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said, “So many girls, very smartly turned out to be a part of this Pakistan military academy contingent giving this guard at the Quaid Mazar (National Mausoleum).”

“I am especially glad also to see a Sikh cadet giving guard at Quaid mausoleum. This is the future of Pakistan and that is what the Quaid's (Mohammad Ali Jinnah's) vision was,” he added.

Musharraf said the government was keen to have a modernized and enlightened society in which the Pakistanis could move forward with the world.

“The rights of the minorities are being safeguarded as the Quaid envisioned and they had a role to play in the development of the country,” he said.