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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday paid tributes to Azerbaijani forces for 'valiantly defending their territorial integrity' as the former Soviet republic marked the 28th anniversary of its independence on October 18.

In a tweet, PM Khan extended 'warmest felicitations' to Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and the Azerbaijani people.

"We pay tribute to Azeri forces valiantly defending their territorial integrity," he said, referring to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

"Pakistan stands with Azerbaijan in its quest to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh issue as per the UN Security Council resolutions," he tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday, Pakistan had rejected allegations by the Armenian prime minister alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside Azerbaijani army in the ongoing Karabakh conflict.

"We have seen the transcript of Armenian Prime Minister's interview on 15 October with a Russian TV referring to some unsubstantiated reports alleging involvement of Pakistani special forces alongside Azerbaijani army in the ongoing conflict," Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhari said in a statement.

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