Pakistan is laced with capabilities to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty, categorically stating that any misadventure will receive a befitting response.
This has been stated by President Arif Alvi as he was addressing the military parade avenue in Islamabad today (Thursday).
Arif Alvi said that we will defend our independence at all costs. Alvi added that Pakistan desires peace, security, and development in the whole region and has also taken practical steps towards that end.
He also said that peaceful coexistence is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said the situation warrants that the leadership of South Asia reject the politics of hate, prejudice, and religious extremism to guide the region towards prosperity.
In addition to these, President Alvi also said that Pakistan wants to move forward with good intent and peace but our desire for peace should not be construed as our weakness.
President Alvi further said that Pakistan is a strong nuclear power. Apart from making progress in the socio-economic sectors, the country has achieved self-reliance in defense. He showed satisfaction that Pakistan is also exporting its defense products.
During the speech, he also mentioned that our valiant and brave forces are a symbol of our independence and sovereignty. 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 our martyrs and Ghazis are our pride.
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.
Apart from that, Alvi also said that The President also paid rich tributes to the leaders of the Pakistan Movement.
On the other hand, Alvi also highlighted the Kashmir issue. He said that the resolution of the Kashmir dispute is imperative for ensuring peace in South Asia.
He said the entire Pakistani nation stands by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in this hour of trial. He said Kashmir is 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.
Apart from that, Arif Alvi mentioned that Pakistan desires peace in Afghanistan, and the world commends the efforts made by us for the establishment of peace in the neighboring country.
He also emphasized the importance of 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 are not lagging to lace themselves with these technologies.
The President said the way we achieved independence, the goal of development can also be achieved by renewing the pledge of ‘Aik Qaum Aik Manzil.’
About the coronavirus pandemic, Alvi said that despite limited resources, the Pakistani nation has handled the situation with responsibility and discipline. He was confident that Pakistan will also overcome this challenge but stressed that we need to observe caution.
The President said Pak-China cooperation and collaboration is getting stronger with time. He also expressed gratitude to China over the provision of the anti-Corona vaccine to Pakistan.