Rawalpindi, July 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):
Your Excellency General Raheel Sharif,
Your Excellency Ambassador Sun Weidong,
Ladies and gentlemen:
Aslam Alikon and very Good evening!
We are gathering here tonight to celebrate the 89th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army of China. First of all, on behalf of the People\s Liberation Army, I would like to extend warm welcome and express sincere gratitude to all distinguished guests from the Pakistani Armed Forces, the diplomatic corps and the service attaches crops. My special thanks go to General Raheel, Chief of Army Staff Pakistan Army whose presence has shed luster on the reception.
Throughout the magnificent 89 years of history, People’s Liberation Army of China has grown into a modernized armed forces, dedicating to national security and unity, as well as to the world peace and stability. In recent years, Chinese PLA is actively participating the UN peacekeeping missions and conducting escort operations in the Gulf of Aden. Chinese soldiers have earned praise from the United Nations and other countries for their courage, perseverance, professionalism and discipline.
At the same time, Chinese PLA is actively fostering exchanges and cooperation with armed forces of other countries. By setting up bilateral and multilateral mechanisms of defence and security talk, China has greatly enhanced the mutual trust and cooperation with a lot of countries.
This year is the year to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and China. China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic Cooperative partners and close neighbours with connecting mountains and waters. The military relationship plays as a cornerstone to the friendship our two countries. General Raheel has been unswervingly maintaining and developing the two militaries friendship and bringing this brotherly friendship to a new level.
China highly appreciate that General Raheel has been resolutely fighting against all forms of terrorism including ETIM, leading Pakistani army made outstanding contributions to the national security and stability. We appreciate that General has been protecting China Pakistan Economic Corridor at all costs and created a sound security environment of the smooth implementation of the CPEC. General has also been actively pushing forward the reconciliation process in Afghanistan and made important contributions to the regional security and stability.
I have been the Defence Attache of China in Pakistan the three years, and very honoured to be the witness and practitioner of China Pakistan special friendship. I see through my own experience the friendship between two militaries has been deepened, extended and pushed to a new level through various aspects of cooperation such as high level visits, joint exercise and training, anti-terrorism weapon and equipment. I will end my tenure and start my new office to European Union in a few days, but I will continue to follow the cooperation and development of our two militaries. Best wishes to a prosperous Pakistan and powerful Pakistani Army!
Once again, thank you very much General Raheel, and all of you for your presence tonight.
Pak-China dosti Zindabad! Shukria!
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