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549 officers graduate from National Defence University

549 officers graduate from National Defence University

Mar 07, 2016 - 14:50

KABUL(Pajhwok): Hundreds of officers graduated from the Marshal Fahim National Defence University in Kabul on Monday, swelling army ranks.

"I congratulate youon your success. All Afghans are proud of you," President Ashraf Ghani told the 549 graduates at a ceremony here.

The president remarked: "You are responsiblefor serving your nation. You are from different ethnics groups and different areas, but you have a unified goal to defend the country."

Defence Minister Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, Chief Army of Staff Qadam ShahShahim and Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq were among officials attending the ceremony.

About 1,000 cadets are under training at the university. With the latest batch of graduates, the number of professional officers has reached 1,400.