Pakistan’s Defense Day observed in Beijing Published: 2017/9/13 15:49:43

Defense Day of Pakistan was observed with fervor and solemnity at the Embassy of Pakistan, Beijing on September 12, 2017. Defense Day pays homage not only to the martyrs of the 1965 war, but to all those souls who rendered the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of Pakistan. 

To mark the occasion, a reception was held at the Pakistan House. Lieutenant General Peng Bo, Deputy Commander of PLA Army was the chief guest. Major General Zhang Jin, Assistant Chief of Staff for PLA Air Force, Major General Xu Haihua, Assistant Chief of Staff for PLA Navy, and Major General Ci Guowei, Vice Chief of Office of International Military Cooperation (OIMC) of the Central Military Commission were also in attendance. Other guests included ambassadors and members of diplomatic corps, defense and military attaches, Chinese government officials and members of the media. The Pakistani diaspora in China also participated in the event. 

The event started with the national anthems of Pakistan and China. Lieutenant General Peng Bo and Ambassador Masood Khalid along with Defense Attache Brig. Ahmed Bilal cut a cake. 

Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Masood Khalid said that Defense Day is commemorated as a tribute to valiant armed forces and to their inherent patriotism, discipline and commitment. He said that Pakistan seeks a peaceful and prosperous neighborhood which is the key principle of Pakistan's foreign policy. 

The Ambassador also highlighted the sacrifices of the armed forces of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, and reaffirmed Pakistan's resolve to root out terrorism. He thanked the Chinese government and the PLA for their friendship and support. 

The large attendance at the occasion was a testimony to the strong ties between Pakistan and China and the militaries of the two countries.

Source: Pakistani Embassy in Beijing

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