Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing observes Defence and Martyrs’ Day

Embassy of Pakistan hosted a reception to observe Pakistan Defence and Martyrs’ Day. Vice Admiral Hu Zhongming, Chief of Staff, People’s Liberation Army (Navy) of China graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The event was attended by senior Chinese civil and military officials, members of the diplomatic corps, Defense Attaches, media, members of Pakistani community and officers of the Embassy.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Moin ul Haque highlighted that Defence Day symbolized an enduring display of unity, courage and sacrifices made by Pakistan’s soldiers 58 years ago when faced with unprovoked aggression, writing a new chapter of courage and conviction in our national history. He also highlighted Pakistan’s sacrifices in its resolve to fight the menace of terrorism and extremism.

Underlining friendliness and goodwill as the key features of Pakistan’s foreign policy, Ambassador highlighted Pakistan’s support to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and its contributions to UN peacekeeping missions. He also reiterated Pakistan’s firm support to the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir as enshrined in various UNSC resolutions, and thanked China for its principled stand on the same.

The Ambassador also spoke at length about the strength of China-Pakistan friendship that had withstood the vicissitudes and vagaries of time for over 72 years. He also underscored the high degree of strategic trust and close cooperation developed between the two armed forces through joint defense projects, training and exercises, and stated that flagship projects like JF-17 Thunder Aircrafts, VT-4 tanks, naval frigates and submarines had become the symbol of this close friendship. He also highlighted the generous assistance by PLA to Pakistan during the pandemic and recent floods in Pakistan.

In the end, Haque reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to peace and peaceful co-existence.