Chinese General, Turkish Defence Minister attend Pak Day functions in Beijing, Ankara

Islamabad

The Defense Day of Pakistan was celebrated at the Pakistan Embassy with traditional enthusiasm and solemnity. Maj Gen Jiang Qianming of the People’s Liberation Army was the chief guest on the occasion.
Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khalid on the occasion spoke about the significance of the Day and the sacrifices, rendered by the Pakistan’s armed forces in the defence of the motherland.
‘The Armed Forces and people of Pakistan have rendered enormous sacrifices to make our region and this world peaceful. The ongoing military campaigns have dealt a powerful blow to terrorists and miscreants, he added. He also highlighted the growing Sino-Pak cooperation the defence sector.
People of all walks of life including those from PLA, diplomatic circles, think tanks, media as well as Pakistani community members attended the event.
A large number of Turkish military and civilian dignitaries and other guests attended the Pakistan Defence & Martyrs Day reception, hosted by Pakistan Embassy in Ankara on Thursday.
The prominent guests included Turkish Minister for National Defence Hulusi Akar, Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yasar Guler, Land Forces Commander General Ümit Dündar and Air Force Commander General Hasan Kucukakyuz. Turkish armed forces Generals, Ambassadors, Foreign Defence Attaches based in Ankara, Turkish Defence Industry officials, representatives of the media, think tanks and Pakistan community attended the reception, a message received here Friday said.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, who was the chief guest, praised the Turkish-Pakistani friendship saying that all Turks will forever remember Pakistan’s support for Turkey throughout its history with respect and gratitude.
He showed his confidence that Pakistan and Turkish armed forces would continue to support each other on wide issues including the fight against global terrorism.—APP

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