Pakistan and Algeria have historic relations: Zubaida Jalal

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The Ambassador of Algeria to Pakistan Mr Lakhal Benkalai hosted a colorful reception to celebrate the 64th anniversary of national Day of the people’s Democratic Republic of Algeria here at a local hotel in Islamabad. A large number of diplomats from various countries as well members of civil society attended the reception. Federal Minister for Defense Production Zubaida Jalal was the chief guest.

In his special talk on the side line of the National day reception with “The Fortress” the Algerian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Lakhal Benkalai said that today we are commemorating 64th anniversary of national Day of the people’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, which allowed our people to restore their national sovereignty at the heavy cost of the sacrifice. Today we also celebrate a unique revolution which has been a source of inspiration for freedom-loving people all over the world, a revolution which has been taken as a model by oppressed people in their struggle for liberation and emancipation from colonialism and apartheid.

Federal Minister for Defense Production Zubaida Jalal who was the chief at a reception on the occasion said Pakistan and Algeria have historic relationship with each other and Algeria has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times be it earthquake of 2005 or floods of 2010. Federal Minister for Defense Production Zubaida Jalal said the relations between Pakistan and Algeria based on mutual trust, goodwill and sincerity and this bond of friendship will grow further and strengthen with the passage of time. She said that besides diplomatic relations, Pakistan and Algeria also have cultural and social ties and people of the two countries have great affection for each other.

Pakistan and Algeria have a very rich history of strong relations. Pakistan was a   strong supporter of Algerian independence even before the inception of Algeria. Pakistan was one of the first countries to recognize the “Provisional Government of Republic of Algeria” in exile on 19 September 1958 under the Prime Minister ship of Farhat Abbas and had permitted it to open its Mission in Karachi. The Government of Pakistan also provided diplomatic passports to prominent members of the Algerian government in exile for their foreign travel, such as Ahmed Ben Bella.

In a recent development Speaker National Assembly (NA) Asad Qaisar in order to promote friendly relations between parliamentarians of Pakistan and other countries has reactivated 91 Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs). Mr. Ali Zahid has been nominated as a convener of Parliamentary Friendship Group for Algeria.

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