Abuja - The Pakistani High
Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt.-Gen. Ashraf Saleem (rtd), on Monday night
commended the Nigerian Armed Forces over the recent achievements recorded
against Boko Haram.
Saleem made the commendation in Abuja during the celebration
of the Pakistan 2015 National and Defence Day.
He said Pakistan would remain steadfast in its support for
Nigeria in her fight against terrorism.
"Our heartiest felicitations to the Armed Forces of Nigeria
on their recent achievements in the northeast Nigeria,’’ the High Commissioner
He said that over the years Pakistan itself had lost "more
than 50,000 civilians and 10,000 soldiers to the scourge of terrorism”.
He assured that his country would continue to assist to
friendly nations in their struggle to safeguard their national unity and
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He described Pakistan as world’s first line of defence in
the fight against terrorism and extremism.
“Pakistan, which had also suffered economic and financial
loss of 80 billion dollars in the battle against terrorism, has become a symbol
of the global will and tenacity to uproot the evil”, Saleem said.
He said Nigerian and Pakistani armed forces had been part of
many successful international peace keeping operations.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar
III, who was the Special Guest of Honour, commended Pakistan for its
achievements in "textiles, sports and surgical goods.
Abubakar said Pakistan in spite of its challenges, had
excelled agriculture and manufacturing of all kinds of military equipment.
Abubakar served as Nigeria’s Defence Attache in
Pakistan for three years during his career in the Nigerian Army.
The Foreign Affairs, Minister, Alhaji Aminu Wali, was represented
by Ambassador Hussein Abdullah also commended Pakistan’s friendly disposition