Azerbaijan thanks Pakistan on 1st anniversary of Karabakh liberation

The Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan on Monday marked the first anniversary of the “44-day patriotic war” against Armenia that resulted in the liberation of Karabakh and other territories under occupation for nearly three decades.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Azerbaijani Ambassador Khazar Farhadov thanked Pakistan for standing with his country on the Karabakh issue, saying his nation will always remember its true friends.

“Armenia occupied almost 20% of my country’s territory for 30 years, and during this time it committed war crimes, as well as crimes against humanity,” he said.

“Armenia committed the Khojaly genocide in February 1992, killing hundreds of civilians, including 106 women and 63 children … 1,275 Azerbaijanis were taken hostage, 150 of them are still missing.”

During the two-hour Armenian offensive, 613 Azerbaijanis were killed and 487 others critically injured, according to Azerbaijani record.

Eight families were completely wiped out, while 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both.

Farhadov said the UN Security Council, in its four resolutions In 1993, called for immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of armed forces of Armenia from the territories of Azerbaijan.

“However, these and all other similar decisions adopted by relevant international organizations have been ignored by Armenia,” he said.