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ISLAMABAD, Sep 21 (APP): The 51st defence day of Pakistan has been observed at the country’s embassy in Paris, France to pay tribute to the armed forces who laid down their lives while defending the country.

President Pak-France Friendship Group in French Senate, Senator Pascal Allizad cut the cake along with Ambassador Moin ul Haque and Defence Attache Fauad Hatmi at the event held on Tuesday, said a press release from Pakistan embassy in France received here.

The chief guest laid floral wreath to commemorate the martyrs of 1965 War.

Ambassador Moin ul Haque in his address highlighted the significance of the day and paid rich tributes to the people and Armed Forces of Pakistan for their countless sacrifices in safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

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He mentioned that Operation Zarb-e-Azb launched against the terrorists, in one of the most difficult terrains of the world, had successfully dismantled terrorists’ infrastructure and network.

Because of the valour of armed forces and sacrifices of the people of Pakistan, the terrorist incidents in the country have been significantly reduced as most of the high-value targets have been eliminated, while the remaining are on the run, he added.

The Ambassador also mentioned the valuable contributions of Pakistan Armed Forces in the maintenance of world peace as a major troop contributing country for the UN Peace Keeping missions.

A photo exhibition related to the defence day of Pakistan was also held.The participants showed keen interest in the exhibits.

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The reception was attended by a large number of officials from French government, parliamentarians, diplomats, defence Attaches of friendly countries, representative of media, think tanks and members of the Pakistani community.