LAHORE: Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mr. Shah Faisal Afridi has said that the Defence Day is an icon of our unity. It was stated by him while addressing a meeting held at PCJCCI premises to celebrate the Defence Day. Mr. Ahmed Hasnain, Senior Vice President and Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General PCJCCI also paid tribute to the martyrs and ghazis who became a rock slid wall to defend our motherland against aggression of the enemy. The ceremony was attend by all executive committee members and many other renowned personalities.
President PCJCCI said that it was on this day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed the international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan, but ever-vigilant armed forces, solidly backed by the nation, foiled the enemy’s nefarious designs. He urged the business community to commemorate the Defence Day to strengthen unity of the nation in Pakistan.
He applauded the cooperation of China that it extended during war time of Pakistan and said that China and Pakistan had steadily increased cooperation on military and defence matters in recent years. Now, China is planning to build its second offshore naval base near a strategically important Pakistani port it appears that the relationship between Beijing and Islamabad is as strong as ever, the both nations are coming up as “Iron Brothers”, he added.
Mr. Ahmed Hasnain, Senior Vice President PCJCCI said that, “This year Defence Day is unique because the armed forces of Pakistan have achieved standout achievements in the war against terrorism which provided stability and continuity to the motherland, we salute our martyrs and war heroes who performed their duty in defending the motherland”.
Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General PCJCCI said that , the death of a martyr is the life of the nation. Salute to the martyrs of Pakistan and their families. He further added that, resolution of the Kashmir dispute was the key to regional peace. “The world must play its role to stop the gross human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir and help them in attaining their inalienable right to self-determination”.