WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has reiterated that Pakistan would continue to stand with the International Community, particularly the US in the fight against terrorism.
In his remarks at Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC which commemorated the 52nd Defence Day of Pakistan to pay tribute to the armed forces who rendered tremendous sacrifices for their motherland, the envoy said that Pakistan has enjoyed a multifaceted relationship with the United States over seven decades and defence cooperation is at the centre of this relationship.
The ambassador said that Pakistan is the largest contributor of troops in United Nations Peace Keeping operations and second biggest contributor of Maritime Coalition efforts in the Indian Ocean. This has earned Pakistan a great respect and prestige in the comity of nations, he said.
Talking about Pakistan’s 52nd Defence Day, Aizaz Chaudhry said that the Defence Day is of immense importance in the history of our nation. He said that this Day is observed every year to commemorate the spirit and the valour displayed by our armed forces in defending our borders against the blatant aggression of our neighbor during 1965 war.
The envoy said that Pakistan’s armed forces have not only defended our frontiers successfully but have also participated in the world’s largest counter terrorism operation which has resulted in clearing up most of the area under the influence of anti state elements.
Besides, the armed forces also participated in the nation building activities, particularly during natural calamities and emergencies, he added.
The event was organized to reiterate Pakistan’s resolve to go beyond any limits in making the Country and region a safe place for which the support of Pakistani nation itself and partner nations are crucial.
The Defence Day Reception was well attended with representation from civil and military sides of the US government and diplomatic community including military representatives of the allied and partner nations.
In addition, large number of notable community members also attended the function.