A large number of senior officers from the Iranian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) attended the function, which was held at Ambassador Khalid Aziz Babar’s residence in Tehran.
During his speech at the function, Ambassador Babar highlighted the significance of Defense Day of Pakistan and paid tribute to those who gave their lives in defending the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.
The reception was also attended by scores of foreign diplomats based in Tehran, members of the Pakistani community, Iranian officials, scholars and media representatives.
“The Armed Forces of Pakistan have come a long way since their inception at the creation of Pakistan in 1947. With a humble beginning, they are now formidable force to counter threats to our national security,” Ambassador Babar said in his speech.
He praised the “professionalism and dedication” of Pakistan’s armed forces and role they are playing in establishing “global peace and security.”
Ambassador Babar said Pakistan is the main contributor to United Nations peacekeepers, who are deployed at the troubled spots across the world to establish peace and security.
He noted that during a decade-long war against terrorism in northwestern parts of the country, near Afghan border, Pakistan has lost more than 3000 soldiers, and its economy has suffered a loss of over $100 billion.
The Pakistani ambassador also mentioned role of the Pakistani armed forces during natural calamities such as earthquake and rain floods.
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