Azerbaijan Embassy & Preston University Observe Black January in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Preston University will organize an “Art Exhibition and Remembrance Day Ceremony of 20 January Martyrs of Azerbaijan” in Islamabad on January 20 to mark Black January, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

Black January is observed in several Countries including Pakistan to commemorate the bloody events of Black January when in 1990 the former Soviet army entered Baku, killing and wounding hundreds of innocent and defenseless people irrespective of gender and age including children, men, women, young and old.

The event will kick off with the Art Exhibition at the Exhibition Hall followed by the national anthems of Pakistan and Azerbaijan at the Conference Hall.

After the recitation from the Holy Quran and a Video Show, the Director Lok Virsa Sajid Munir will address the event.

The Chancellor of Preston University Dr Abdul Basit and the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada will also make their speeches.

Later awards will be distributed while the University students will give cultural performances.

Pakistan and Azerbaijan enjoy close and cooperative relations, which are underpinned by commonalities of history, culture and faith.

The bilateral ties are characterized by mutual respect, shared perceptions and common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region.

The mutual support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is a testimony to the close understanding between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.