Pak Army’s Major Uqbah Malik becomes first ever Pakistani officer to train the British armed forces at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
An officer of Pakistan army has become an instructor at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, to help train its cadets to fight militants.
Major Uqbah Malik - a graduate of the college - has become the first instructor from Pakistan in Sandhurst’s 300-year history.
He graduated from Sandhurst in 2007 alongside Prince William and reported back to his battalion, the 1st Sindh regiment in Waziristan.
"When you’re in the thick of the bullets, when you see your life in danger and your troops life in danger, the real leadership skill needs to come out and that’s what I think I bring back," Malik said during an interview with BBC Asian Network.
He explained that the background to his appointment as a trainer in the college is his experience of fighting in conflict zones.
"Pakistan’s role, as the world knows and acknowledges now, has been instrumental, in countering insurgency in that region," he said.
Programme Director Lieutenant Colonel Peter Harty has said Pakistan has faced "some real challenges" which they also went through and that there’s "great learning that needs to be had".
"Partnering with Pakistan, both at the strategic level as well as the human level, by bringing Major Uqbah into our team, was to achieve that," Harty said while pointing out the significance of partnering with Pakistan.
Major Uqbah Malik is currently training more than 30 cadets.