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PR No. 59 PAKISTAN DEFENCE DAY Islamabad: September 07, 2019

A simple but elegant ceremony was organized at the Embassy. The event started with recitation of Holy Quran followed by playing of national anthem, says a press release received here today from Rome. Messages from the President and the Prime Minister were read by Deputy Head of Mission, Tanveer Ahmed and Head of Chancery Salman Pervaiz to the audience. The Ambassador in his address paid rich tribute to the armed forces personnel who laid down their lives for their motherland. He said that Kashmir is a disputed territory. Altering its status by India, poses severe security challenges to Pakistan and the region. The Ambassador stressed that Kashmiris must be given the right of self-determination as per relevant UNSC resolutions. He said that the international community must ensure protection of basic fundamental rights of the people of Kashmir. Pakistan would always stand with the Kashmiris in their just struggle for freedom. The Ambassador stated that Pakistan is a peace loving country but any misadventure by the enemy would be given a belligerent response by our armed forces. Pakistanis will shed the last drop of their blood for the safety, honour and security of their motherland. Photographs of Pakistan's war heroes, armed forces in action and participation in UN peace keeping operations were also displayed. The event concluded with payers for the martyrs and for the safety and security of Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. The event was attended by officers, local & Pakistan based staff and members of the Pakistani community. *-*-*-*

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