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Japan Honours Pakistan Air Force Team For Rescuing Tourists From Gilgit

Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Oe, on Tuesday presented an Award of Excellence to the 17-member team of Pakistan Air Force for the successful emergency transportation of the 77 Japanese tourists from Gilgit to Chaklala Air Base on April 8.
PAF, on request from the Japanese Embassy in Islamabad, within no time dispatched a military aircraft to airlift 77 Japanese tourists including some other foreigners from a northern region where sectarian violence had left them stranded there.
Ambassador Oe said the government and the people of Japan highly valued the effort rendered by the 17-member PAF team, which successfully transported Japanese tourists from Gilgit to Islamabad despite short time and an inclement weather. “The award is the recognition of great services for the Japanese tourists who had been in need of emergency help at that time, he added.
He said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba had extended their profound appreciation to the visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, when they met in Tokyo recently for extending this valuable support. Ambassador Oe said without the firm resolve of the crew members, the operation would not have succeeded, as the weather conditions for the next few days did not allow the flight operation in the area. He said the two countries had extended great help to each other in time of natural calamities like Great East Japan Earthquake and earthquake of 2005 in Pakistan and the flood of 2010. Ambassador Hiroshi Oe expressed his resolve to continue to work towards further strengthening co-operative relations between the military of two countries.(PR)

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