Islamabad – Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan, Dashgin Shikarov, and Defence Attaché Colonel Dashdamir Mammadov hosted a grand reception to mark the Armed Forces Day of their country here at a local hotel.
Commandant Ten Corps, Lt General Khalid Nawaz Khan, was the chief guest on the occasion. Air Vice Marshal Javed Ahmad and Rear Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini were also present at the cake cutting ceremony. General Khalid Nawaz Khan along with the Azerbaijan ambassador and defence attaché cut the cake. National anthems of Pakistan and Azerbaijan were also played.
One participant observed that Rawalpindi district and Potohar Region has produced many powerful personalities. He especially mentioned the newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Asharf and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who belong to Gujar Khan, while the leader of the opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan also belongs to Rawalpindi district. Moreover, Commander Ten Core Lt General Khalid Nawaz Khan and the Director General ISI Lt General Zaherul Islam are from Tehsil Kahuta of Rawalpindi district.
Ambassador of Sultanate of Oman, Muhamed Said Muhamed Al-Lawati is leaving Islamabad next month. Being a well-wisher of Pakistan, he showed concern over the political, economical and law and order situation in Pakistan. He observed that he would be leaving Pakistan with heavy heart as when he came to Pakistan in 2005 the conditions were much better but added that in 2012 Pakistan was confronted with multiple challenges, which if not handled with pragmatism and serious, could push the country to further chaos. However, he was highly appreciative of the Pakistani people who are highly talented and hardworking. But they need good leadership and good governance to turn their talent into a dividend for the country. He commented that Pakistan is the only country in Muslim World, which has four seasons and people of Pakistan are very friendly and hospitable to the foreigners and diplomats. The Chargé D’affaires of Turkey Ms. Armagan Ayse Can Oztop was present on the occasion. She informed that Ambassador of Turkey is away for few days. Ambassador of Azerbaijan Dashgin Shikarov is the youngest envoy in the diplomatic core but very sincere, seasoned, active and dynamic in promoting the relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. The friendship of Pakistan and Azerbaijan is deep rooted in the history as they are Turkish by origin and they had the same sentiments towards Pakistan like Turkey.[media reports]