Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Thursday said the holding of International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS-2022) was the reflection of Pakistan’s consistent efforts to galvanise industrial activities for the production of defence equipments through collaboration and joint ventures in addition to indigenous production.
The Minister delivered these remarks in his keynote address as chief guest at the soft launch of IDEAS-2022 Pakistan “Arms for Peace” to be held in Karachi Expo Centre from November 15-18 which is the 11th Edition of international defence exhibition. The soft launch was participated by civil and military officials and members of the diplomatic fraternity.
Asif said the exhibition has grown in scope and stature in the span of 22 years and he felt satisfied to see Pakistan’s achievements in the relatively new ground.
“Over the years IDEAS has become a great meeting place for the defence exhibitors to high level defence delegations and enlists trade visitors from all over the world. This IDEAS rendezvous provides an excellent opportunity to develop better understanding and friendship network in defence industry for trade and joint ventures,” he said.
He added that most importantly it also provided platform for seeking affordable solutions to meet the challenges faced by the defence industry.
“I am proud of the progress made by IDEAS which is evident by overwhelming participation of traders, exhibitors, delegates and visitors in the last IDEAS held in 2018.”
The Defence Minister reaffirmed that the country harboured no aggressive designs against any state but was determined to defend its territorial integrity and safeguard its sovereignty.
He said the Armed Forces of Pakistan were battle hardened and known for their professionalism world over, adding, “Our contribution towards UN Peacekeeping missions and our performance around the globe is the clear manifestation of devotion to duty and professional skills.”
The motto of IDEAS “arms for peace” also highlighted our commitment to the international community for peace and harmony, he said.
“Pakistan will Insha Allah (by the will of Allah) continue to develop its military potential that guarantees peace with honour and dignity. Towards this end, we have been able to develop significant capabilities of indigenous production of sophisticated weapons and equipment. Besides meeting the domestic requirements our defence products are now gaining market shares in the international level as well.”
He mentioned that praiseworthy progress was made in production of complex systems like main battle tanks, unmanned Vehicles (UAVs), armoured vehicles, air launched munitions, fast track missile crafts, maritime battle vessels, fleet tankers, modern jet aircraft and aircraft related technology.
“I see a great potential in our defence industry to export its products on competitive basis through responsible arms trade. Having overcome the effects of unprecedented and devastating COVID-19 pandemic which effected the whole world; we are back in business with renewed zeal and enthusiasm.
He also welcomed the foreign defence delegates and trade visitors to IDEAS 2022 to be held in November in 2022 after a gap of four years.—APP