ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his message on Defence Day, said that Pakistan’s defense capabilities meet the contemporary needs as its strong defence has ensured peace in South Asia.
“We do not want to join the arms race in the region, however, will continue to maintain a strategic balance in the region,” the premier said in a statement.
He said the country’s defence capability was in fact reflective of the nation’s courage, steadfastness and determination, and showed how capable it was to face difficult situations.
“Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a continuation of this conviction which has resulted in containing terrorists through combined will of our political leadership, determination of the nation and sacrifices and professionalism of armed forces and security institutions,” he said.
The prime minister said the improved situation of law and order in the country was encouraging and to maintain that there was a need to adopt an approach by rising above political and personal interests.
PM Sharif said the fast changing global scenario, internal and external conspiracies, and terrorism were the challenges that demanded strong defence besides showing unity within ranks and files of the nation and faith.
We are proud that we did not overlook this fact and our defence capability meets the contemporary needs, he stated, mentioning that the country had attained self-reliance in production of advanced weapons.
“Hatf missile series Al Khalid and Zarrar tanks, JF-17 Thunder aircrafts, Agosta submarines and the foremost of all our nuclear capability is the hallmark of our strong defence,” he added.
He said the September 6 would be remembered as an ardent and fervent occasion. On this day, our brave armed forces in shoulder to shoulder with the nation had given a clear message of protecting the sovereignty of country by defeating the enemies, he added.