Modern military arsenal must for defence: PM

1-APP03-01PM-KarachiKARACHI–Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Monday that Pakistan’s enterprising defence sector has succeeded in creating a place for itself, despite limited resources.

The premier was inaugurating the four-day 8th biennial International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2014 which started at Expo Center in Karachi.

“When resources were hurdled, our designers relied on innovation. Our endeavour was to consistently improve upon the basis technologies employed in a weapon system and to give it added dimensions and capabilities,” the premier said.

“I take this opportunity to note with satisfaction that IDEAS has emerged as a major defence industry show in the region,” he said.

“It showcases a wide spectrum of defence systems, ranging from widely-improved versions of the equipment used and while also inviting attention to prospective developments in the times to come.”

“I have been presently told that there are more than 2,000 weapon systems displayed here today; many of these designed, developed and manufactured in Pakistan.”

The premier underscored that a modern, well-equipped and properly trained military is a necessary requirement for defending Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that the nation is committed to providing its defenders with all the necessary resources for this vital mission.

Nawaz said the threat to national security has multiplied with emergence of non-state actors, including terrorists and computer hackers. He said ‘we need to develop new tools and gadgets to effectively deal with these threats.”

Appreciating the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces in the war against terrorism, the premier reaffirmed his government’s resolve to make Zarb-i-Azb operation successful to rid the country of the cancer of terrorism.

He said the government is also mindful of other challenges faced by Pakistan including poverty, illiteracy, under development. He said we will lay the foundation of a competitive economy and infrastructure to put the country on the path of sustainable development.

On arrival, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad had welcomed the premier.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan also accompanied the PM.

An important aspect of the event will be an international defence seminar to be held this evening. Russia will make its first appearance in the exhibition.

Several high-level meetings between foreign delegates, key government officials, and participants have been planned on the sidelines of the exhibition for forging alliances in defence production.

Some of the major indigenously developed products to be showcased included Main Battle Tank Al-Khalid, JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, Armoured Personnel Carriers and missile boats.

One hundred and thirty six international and thirty four Pakistani companies are participating in the four-day defence exhibition.

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