52nd Defence Day of Pakistan celebrated in Canberra

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 8 (APP): Pakistan High Commission,
Canberra, Australia celebrated the Defence Day in a dignified
ceremony in which the chief guest was Major General Simone
LouiseWilkieAO, Commander of Australian Defence College.
The event was very well attended by members of Diplomatic
Corps, Defence attaches,senior Government officials,
Pakistani community, media representatives and think tanks notables, a message from the High Commission said here Friday.
Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia, Naela Chohan
in her address on the occasion, highlighted the significance of the
day and paid tribute to the Defence Forces for safeguarding the
honour and sovereignty of Pakistan.
Giving an overview of the security challenges faced by
Pakistan, the High Commissioner further stated that Pakistan was
desirous of peaceful and friendly relations with its neighbours
and was sincere in pursuing policy of regional cooperation but
was capable of facing any threat to its security.
She stated that Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir is clear and
principled and expressed the hope that international community
would play its role in the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with UNSC resolutions.
High Commissioner Naela Chohan also briefed the participants
on the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism and
stated that operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ was successful and
now ‘Radul-Fasaad’ which has taken on board all the stakeholders,
is bearing positive results to rid our society from terrorists
and nefarious designs of the enemies. She added that the nation stands united with its armed forces in their commendable efforts to
defend the country.
The High Commissioner also emphasized the importance of CPEC
in peace and prosperity of the region. She also expressed
satisfaction over the growing and deepening of defence
cooperation between Pakistan and Australia.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Adviser Brigadier Muhammad
Asim Khan said that the unprecedented national unity demonstrated
by the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan on 6 September 1965
had made it a unique and memorable day in our history.
He said the nation is united again to defeat the menace of
terrorism, it has largely been eradicated; we have entered final
phase to defeat terrorism through Operation RaddulFassad.
The Brigadier further added that we have ready and arrayed Armed
Forces, who are well trained, well equipped and highly motivated
to defend the motherland against any external aggression.
A presentation was also made to the guests on Pakistan’s ongoing combat efforts for peace and stability not only inside Pakistan but at
regional and extra regional level. The guests were served
with traditional Pakistani cuisine.