ISLAMABAD, Sep 13 (APP):The Embassy of Pakistan in Tehran commemorated Pakistan’s 53rd Defence Day with national fervor to pay homage to the indomitable courage of the Armed Forces of Pakistan who fought valiantly in the 1965 war.
A reception was hosted by Ambassador of Pakistan to Iran Ms Riffat Masood at her residence on Wednesday night, a message received here from Tehran on Thursday said.
Brig. Gen Ghadeer Nizami, Deputy of Foreign Affairs General Staff HQ of Iranian Armed Forces was the Chief Guest of the occasion.
High ranking Iranian civil and military officials, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, Defence and Military Attaches, media persons and members of Pakistani community attended the reception.
Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Riffat Masood highlighted the significance of the Day and paid tributes to the sacrifices of our armed forces, law enforcement personnel and Pakistani citizens who sacrificed their lives to preserve peace, security and stability of Pakistan.
She said the participation of Prime Minister Imran Khan along with leaders of all the major political parties including the Opposition in the Defence Day ceremony in Islamabad sent a message to all Pakistanis and to the world at large. She said “we stand together as a nation, both military and civilians, in our commitment and goal for a united, strong and progressive Pakistan.”
Referring to the menace of extremism and terrorism, the Ambassador said the anti-terrorism operation Radd ul Fassad launched by the Armed Forces had broken the back of terrorists and law & order situation in the country had improved.
The Ambassador said Pakistan was committed to secure peace and security in the region and had contributed significantly in global campaigns against terrorism and peace-keeping missions all over the world. She mentioned that so far 136 Pakistani peacekeepers had laid down their lives in carrying out their peacekeeping mission in different countries.
Chief Guest Brig Gen Ghadeer Nizami extended his felicitations on Defence Day and said Iran and Pakistan were bonded in strong historical and cultural relations and their political and military ties were exceptional in the region.