Pakistani PM attends Gallipoli Campaign Centenary commemoration

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(London)  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif attended the Gallipoli Campaign Centenary commemoration at White Hall here this morning together with Queen, Elizabeth II; Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip; Prime Minister, David Cameron; Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband along with several leaders and representatives of Commonwealth countries as well as Turkey.

Later, during his interaction with world leaders the Prime Minister acknowledged the courage and sacrifices of valiant soldiers of the Gallipoli campaign, including soldiers from areas that now form part of Pakistan. He said that this event would serve to reinvigorate global desire for resolution of differences through dialogue.

The Prime Minister underscored the important role that the Commonwealth has played under the Leadership of Her Majesty the Queen and promoted a sense of unity among the member states.

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle in the Dardanelles Strait in Canakkale province’s peninsula of Gallipoli, at which there was a turnaround in favour of the Turks and other Ottoman citizens fighting in World War I against the Allied Forces.

The Prime Minister also laid a floral wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of those soldiers who laid down their lives during the Gallipoli campaign.

Special Assistant to PM, Mr. Tariq Fatemi and Pakistan’s High Commissioner, Syed Ibne Abbas accompanied the Prime Minister.

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