Won’t allow Pakistani land to be used for terrorism: Aizaz Chaudhry

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–Says Pakistan is largest contributor of troops in UN Peacekeeping operations

WASHINGTON, September 28 (NNI): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said we will not allow anyone to use Pakistani land for terrorism.

Addressing a ceremony at Pakistan Embassy in Washington held in connection with the Defence Day of Pakistan, Aizaz Chaudhry said that Pakistan is committed to eliminate terrorism jointly with the international community.

“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,” he said.

He said armed forces of Pakistan 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.

Ambassador Chaudhry further stated that the Pakistan is the largest contributor of troops in UN 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.

In his concluding remarks, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry said that Pakistan has enjoyed a multifaceted relationship with the US over seven decades and defence cooperation is at the centre of this relationship. He reiterated that Pakistan would continue to stand with the international community, particularly the US in the fight against terrorism.

Earlier welcoming the guests, Defence & Army Advisor, Embassy of Pakistan Brigadier Chaudhry Sarfraz Ali gave an account of numerous sacrifices Pakistan Army has made on various fronts. 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. NNI

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