Honour for Pakistani Platoon Commander at Sandhurst

Major Umar’s Platoon declared Sovereign’s Platoon

High Commissioner felicitates Major Umar

Sovereign’s Parade of Commission Course 173 was held at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst today. General Mark Carlton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff was the Sovereign’s Representative during the ceremony.

Major Umar Farooq Malik from Pakistan Army was one of the Platoon Commanders with this Commissioning Course.  Out of eight platoons his platoon has been declared as the best platoon of the course and has been awarded Sovereign’s Banner on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.  The platoon so awarded is referred as the Sovereign’s Platoon.  In recognition of his outstanding performance, Major Umar has received a letter of appreciation from Her Majesty The Queen. And his name has been written on the Sovereign’s Platoon Board in Royal Military Academy library which is an honour for Pakistan.

Maj Umar Farooq is from 44 SP Artillery. Before coming to RMAS, he served in Pakistan Military Academy Kakul as Adjutant and Platoon Commander.

Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, the High Commissioner attended the Parade and congratulated Maj Umar Farooq and his platoon for achieving this coveted position. He commended Pakistan Army’s spirit to take on the challenge. The High Commissioner said Major Umar once again demonstrated at the Sandhurst the highest standards of professionalism and excellence maintained by our Armed Forces.

The High Commissioner also interacted with the Chief of General Staff and the Commandant of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst both of whom highly appreciated the professionalism and dedication displayed by Major Umar Farooq.

Defence Adviser Commodore Raja Rab Nawaz also attended the Parade.

Two cadets from Pakistan Army were also in the Commissioning course.

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