Federal Minister for Defence Production, Zubaida Jalal Thursday visited Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) and assured the government’s support to the industry for modernizing its facilities to fulfill emerging and long-term requirements of Pakistan Army. Chairman HIT, Lt. General Naeem Ashraf briefed the federal minister that HIT is diligently working on equipping the armoured vehicles on modern lines through research and development department of HIT.
The chairman also briefed about future targets of HIT related to manufacturing of tanks, rebuilding of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and defence production at par with international standards. He also apprised the federal minister of the HIT’s agreements with other countries. Speaking on the occasion, Zubaida Jalal said HIT is rendering great contribution for enhancing defence production capacity of the country.
The ministry will extend its all out support to HIT for pursuing its targets, she assured. The federal minister also visited HIT display center showcasing battle tanks including Al-Khalid Tank, Al- Zarrar Tank, Armoured Personnel Carrier, Bullet proof vehicles and jackets. Federal Minister, Zubaida Jalal also visited Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF), Wah Cantt.
Executive Director, POF, Syed Naseem Raza briefed the minister about role and projects of POF. Chairman POF Board, Lt. General Sadiq Ali and other officials of POF and Ministry of Defence Production were present in the briefing. The minister also visited exhibition center of POF displaying different kinds of guns, rifles, machine guns, bullets, rockets and jackets.
The minister was taken to the Product Display Lounge where she witnessed the entire range of POF products. The minister wrote in the visitors book: “It was a pleasure to visit POF on this auspicious day of September 6. The services being rendered to the nation and its people are par excellence. May God bless all who are involved in this great venture. My best wishes to the whole team.”