Debate Competition at Defence and Martyr Day of Pakistan
On the eve of Pakistan Defence and Martyre Day, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Niger in collaboration with various English Clubs of Niger organized Debate Competition at Hotel Radisson Blue Niger. English Clubs Niger in collaboration with Pakistan Embassy Niger arranged gathering of all intellectuals. Upon arrival at venue, Presidents and other governing body of English Clubs very warmly received the Pakistani Envoy. Ambassador of Pakistan presided the ceremony.
The ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran. Members of English Club and Students of faculty of English at University of Niamey participated in debate competition and presented different program including poems regarding 56th Defence Day of Pakistan.
Ambassador of Pakistan Ahmed His Excellency Mr Ahmed Ali Sirohey appreciated the efforts of English Clubs. He briefed the audience about importance of the day, efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan’s Armed Forces. He quoted history that Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh is considered a war hero in India, “for saving (Indian) Punjab from being captured by Pakistan” during the September 1965 war.
In his above book (Lancer Publishers, 2012 hardcover edition), Harbaksh Singh has given a detailed account of Niranjan Prasad, a Major General of the Indian Army who ran away from the Lahore front during the war.
Relevant excerpt from his book posted by the ‘Indian Defense Review’ (IDR), on their website, he said PAF pounded Indian invading forces and soldiers and officers run away while vehicles were still there.
Ambassador of Pakistan also highlighted Pakistan-Niger relation. The leadership of both countries is committed to taking this relationship forward. Pakistan has a long and strong relationship with Niger. The long-standing ties between the two countries have been mutually beneficial. He highlighted the importance of the day, paying rich tribute to all those, whose countless efforts brought both countries together. It is surely an occasion for immense gratitude.
Ms. Salima, President Rosa Parks English Club informed the students about Pakistan and its relations with Niger. She further informed the students in local language (Hausa & Zarma) about Pakistan Defence capabilities that Pakistan in only atomic power in the Muslim world.
Mr. Seidou Serki head of English Club Niamey also appreciated the role of Pakistan Embassy.
At the end of Program, Ambassador of Pakistan distribute prize among the winner and runner teams and appreciation certificates among organisers of the English club. He stressed upon the students to prepare themselves to meet the future challenges effectively. He also urged them to make advancement in modern education to take country on course of progress. He said that modern knowledge was the key achieve success in contemporary world and to achieve respective position for the country among comity of nations. The Ambassador also distrībuted appreciation certificates among each members of the participating teams. The participants thanked Ambassador of Pakistan on this generous assistance.