Pakistan wants peaceful neighbourhood: PM


Fully capable to respond to any spectrum of threat


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan armed forces are full capable and prepared to respond to any spectrum of threat.
Addressing the passing out parade of cadets at PAF Academy Asghar Khan in Risalpur on Tuesday, he said Pakistan is a peace loving country and has always maintained the policy of having friendly relations with other countries particularly its neighbours.
“Pakistan will never hesitate to extend a hand of friendship to all neighbours and will never waiver to return goodwill with even more goodwill” he emphasised.
Nawaz Sharif made it clear that despite our earnest desire for peaceful co-existence, Pakistan cannot afford to be oblivious to defending sovereignty and protecting our independence.
He said cooperation rather than conflict and shared prosperity rather than mutual suspicion is the hallmark of our policy.
The Prime Minister said we are living in a rapidly evolving world and the traditional concept of national security has undergone a transformation. He noted that today war is no longer an exclusive sphere of military forces as long as nations strive to preserve their way of life, ideological identity and economic interests, war will continue to be waged in different domains.
About operation against terrorism, Nawaz Sharif expressed satisfaction that it has brought tremendous improvement in the internal security environment.
He said Pakistan Air Force has played critical role in operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said the nation acknowledged the exemplary valour and outstanding professionalism by armed forces at all tiers.
The Prime Minister urged the passing out cadets that “As Shaheens you should dedicate your energy and abilities to make Pakistan fully secured and well-defended country and the whole nation stands behind you”.
He told the passing out cadets that they should follow their predecessors and serve the country with the same commitment emphasising that that the professional arms demand perseverance and hard work. He said the unprecedented pace of development in military technology puts more responsibility on their shoulders to continuously improve your skills and expertise. “There are no shortcuts to success but hard work” he said. Nawaz Sharif said it should be their passion as defenders of Pakistan airspace to maintain the country’s air arm as second to none. —INP

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