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Azerbaijan Embassy in Pakistan marks first anniversary of Karabakh liberation war

Azerbaijan is grateful to Pakistan for support during the Patriotic War” and liberation of Karabakh

Azerbaijan Embassy in Pakistan marked the first anniversary of the second Karabakh War that resulted in the liberation of the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh territories by Azerbaijan from Armenia.

A special photo exhibition was held at the embassy to inform the Pakistani audience about the destruction of occupied Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, the epic scenes of liberation by Azerbaijan and photos of the martyrs.

Addressing a news conference on Monday (November 1), Azerbaijan’s Ambassador Khazar Farhadov thanked Pakistan for continuous support on the Karabakh issue.

“We are grateful for the resolute position of brother Pakistan on the issues of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity before and during the Patriotic War,” the ambassador said.

“During the Patriotic War government, Parliament and people of Pakistan morally and politically supported us condemning Armenian aggression and supporting Azerbaijan’s just position to restore its territorial integrity. This is a true demonstration of brotherhood” he recalled.

The ambassador also said that “Azerbaijan supports the settlement of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

Detailing the atrocities by Armenia in the region, he said that “Armenia for almost 30 years kept under occupation almost 20 per cent of my country’s territory. The occupation was accompanied by notorious war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

The genocide by Armenia in February 1992, killed hundreds of civilians, including 106 women and 63 children and 1275 Azerbaijanis were taken hostage of whom 150 are still missing.

44-Day Patriotic War

In 1991, the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.

When new clashes erupted on September 27, the Armenian Army launched attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces and violated several humanitarian cease-fire agreements.

“For 44 days, the Armenian armed forces intensively fired on the regions and cities… Armenia used ballistic missiles such as the Scud and Iskander-M, as well as banned white phosphorus and cluster munitions.”

Armenian war crimes killed more than 100 civilians, including 11 children, and more than 450 were injured. More than 12,000 civilian infrastructure, including individual houses, has been destroyed or severely damaged in Azerbaijan.

Liberation of Karabakh by Azerbaijan

During the 44-day conflict, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages. Armenia had to sign an act of capitulation on November 10, 2020, and was obliged to withdraw its troops from the remaining part of Azerbaijan’s territories.

After the liberation, Azerbaijan began to rebuild the liberated territories, which were completely destroyed by Armenia. In just 8 months, the Fizuli international airport was built in Azerbaijan, and work is underway in all the liberated territories.

Strengthening Pakistan-Azerbaijain ties

During the press conference, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador Khazar Farhadov and Defence Attache Colonel Mehman Novruzov affirmed to strengthen Pakistan-Azerbaijan ties in different sectors including tourism, aviation, IT, defence and agriculture.

Azerbaijan has also expressed interest in buying Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder fighters. Col Novruzov also confirmed that Pakistan’s JF-17 Block III is among the fighter aircraft under consideration by Azerbaijan Air Force as it seeks to modernize its fleet.

The two countries are also expected to soon sign the preferential trade agreement to boost trade ties. In October this year, Pakistan revived its two international road corridors to Turkey and Azerbaijan after it successfully completed the first-ever one-side commercial run by transporting high-value products under the Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) convention.

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