ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Thursday said Pakistan was a nuclear power and apart from making progress in the socio-economic sectors, the country had achieved self-reliance in defence.
Addressing the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Arif Alvi expressed satisfaction that Pakistan was also exporting its defence products.
“Pakistan is laced with capabilities to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty, and any misadventure against it will receive a befitting response,” he stated categorically.
He said the nation would defend its independence at all costs. However, he said, Pakistan desired peace, security and development in the whole region and had also taken practical steps towards that end.
The president said peaceful coexistence was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said the situation warranted that the leadership of South Asia reject the politics of hate, prejudice and religious extremism to guide the region towards prosperity.
He said Pakistan wanted to move forward with good intent and peace but our desire for peace should not be construed as our weakness.
Arif Alvi said our valiant and brave forces were symbol of our independence and sovereignty. He said the entire nation stood shoulder to shoulder with their armed forces in case of any foreign aggression as well as deal with other issues including terrorism and natural calamities.
He said anti-terrorism operation Raddul Fassad destroyed the terrorist networks across the country. The world also appreciates Pakistan’s successes in the war on terrorism.
Voicing serious concerns over the human rights situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the president said resolution of Kashmir dispute was imperative for ensuring peace in the South Asia.
He said the entire Pakistani nation stood by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in this hour of trial. He said Kashmir was a jugular vein of Pakistan and we will continue to raise their voice at all forums. The President also urged the international community to take notice of the grim situation in IIOJK.
The President stressed the need for harmonizing with the latest technologies including cyberspace and artificial intelligence to achieve the goal of development. He expressed satisfaction that the country’s armed forces were not lagging behind to lace themselves with those technologies.
On coronavirus pandemic, he said despite limited resources, the Pakistani nation had handled the situation with responsibility and discipline. He was confident that Pakistan would also overcome the challenge but stressed that we needed to observe the caution.
Dr Arif said Pak-China cooperation and collaboration was getting stronger with the passage of time. He also expressed gratitude to China over provision of anti-Corona vaccine to Pakistan.
He stressed the need for strengthening Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) so that the increasing trend of Islamophobia in the world can be countered. He said Pakistan had made every possible effort in this regard and would continue to play its proactive role in the future as well.