Objectives of IDEAS exhibition well achieved: Owais

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Karachi—Pakistan has showcased one of the best and technologically advanced air and ground equipment in the global market, which illustrates its achieving self-sufficiency in various fields of defence sector.
Pakistan has always believed in arms for peace and desired to live as a harmonious and peace loving country in this competitive world, said Federal Secretary for Defence Production Lieutenant General (Ret) Syed Muhammad Owais Friday, while addressing the closing ceremony of 9th International Defence Exhibition IDEAS-2016 held at Karachi Expo Center from Nov. 22 to 25.
Director General , Defence Exports Promotion Organisation (DEPO) Major General Agha Masood Akram , Director (Media) DEPO, Commodore Tahir Javed and Director Coordination DEPO Brig. Waheed Mumtaz were also present.
The Secretary Defence Production said the aim of the IDEAS-2016 was to showcase our products, demonstrate our organization skills to plan and conduct a mega event of international stature and provide platform to convey our view points on the security issues concerning Pakistan.
He said that by holding IDEAS-2016 successfully under the prevalent environment was the manifestation to build the image of Pakistan as a modern, progressive and tolerant state that was willing to co-exist peacefully with the international community.
While replying to a question, he said we have achieved all targets of holding the IDEAS-2016.
Ninety foreign defence delegations from 43 countries participated, which showed the significance and success of the exhibition.
He highlighted that foreign delegates as well as exhibitors had a comfortable stay. Hence, a good message would be conveyed to the world that Pakistan was a peaceful country and had the organizational skills to hold a grand event in the most organized way.
Meanwhile, DEPO’s Director General Major General Agha Masood Akram told the media that Pakistan had been in defence production for decades. He said Pakistan’s some of the major indigenously developed products were showcased in IDEAS-2016 which included Main Battle Tank, Al-Khalid, JF-17 Thunder Fighter aircraft, Super Mushshak, K-8 Aircraft, Fast Attack Craft Missile Boats, UAVs, Armoured Personnel Carriers, Premium Grade Military Hardware and related technology.—APP