ISLAMABAD - Colonel Gumuruh Winardjatmiko, Indonesian Defense Attaché, hosted a grand reception at the embassy to celebrate the 68th Armed Forces Day of his country.
Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M. Zakaullah was the chief guest. National anthems of Pakistan and Indonesia were played at the occasion. The routine cake cutting ceremony was observed and cake was carried to the table in a military way with a musical band with march past by the Indonesian soldiers.
The chief guest also arrived to his special place in the company of Ambassador Burhan Muhammad as well as the military attaché of Indonesia and senior naval officers of Pakistan Navy. At the event, Deputy Head of Afghan Mission was the center of attraction for some diplomats when he was talking about the future of Afghan presidential elections.
He said that nomination/registration for the presidential candidate has been completed and there are 27 candidates in the run for the Afghan presidency. He further said that the opposition leader and former foreign minister Abdllah Abdullah and possible official candidates Ashraf Ghani and Ahmad Zai are the main contenders, while the brother of Hamid Krazai Qayum Karzai and Ustad Siyaf are also among the candidates.
The appointment of NAB Chairman was also a point of discussion by some diplomats. It was told to the diplomats that the new Chairman NAB Chaudary Qamar Zaman is highly competent, honest and sincere officer of Pakistan bureaucracy.
Bangladesh High Commissioner Sohrab Hussain informed on the occasion that the next election in his country is getting momentum. Replying to a question, he said that the idea of caretaker setup in Bangladesh was a failure as the setup took two years in conducting elections instead of three months.
Indonesian Ambassador Burhan Muhammad has contributed positively to establish warm relationship between Indonesia and Pakistan since his arrival to Pakistan. During the 1965 war between India and Pakistan, both the countries came very close to each other as a result of great support by Indonesia to Pakistan but unfortunately this momentum of warm relationship was not carried out by the successive governments over past many decades.
The Indonesian Armed Forces Day is celebrated every year in commemoration of the formation of the people's security army (Tetara Keamanan Rakyat/TKR). In June 03, 1947 TKR converted into Tentara National Indonesia (the Indonesian national armed forces) under the great leadership of general Soedirman as the first commander-in-chief of the Indonesian armed forces (TNI).
After the formation of TNI, the whole Indonesian nation supported TNI which enabled them not only to eliminate the enemies but also provided the fresh blood to defend the territorial integrity of their home land. Today under the dynamic leadership of general TNI Moeldoko, the Indonesian armed force is playing its due role in nation building as prescribed by the president of the republic of Indonesia.