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Pakistan fully capable of defending its integrity: President Alvi

The president issued a message on Independence Day. Source: FILE/APP,

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan is filled with capabilities to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Addressing the military parade at the parade avenue in Islamabad, the president said we will defend our independence at all costs, and any misadventure will receive a befitting response.

The president said Pakistan desires peace, security and development in the whole region and has also taken practical steps. He said peaceful coexistence is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

He the leadership of South Asia should reject the politics of hate, prejudice and religious extremism to guide the region towards prosperity. He said Pakistan wants to move forward with good intent and peace but our desire for peace should not be construed as our weakness.

The president said Pakistan is a strong nuclear power and apart from making progress in the socio-economic sectors, the country has achieved self-reliance in defence.  He expressed satisfaction that Pakistan is also exporting its defence products.

President Arif Alvi said our valiant and brave forces are symbol of our independence and sovereignty. HE said the entire nation stands 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 anti-terrorism operation Radd-ul-Fassad destroyed the terrorist networks across the country. The world also appreciates Pakistan’s successes in the war on terrorism. He also paid rich tributes to the leaders of Pakistan Movement.

Voicing serious concerns over the human rights situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the president said resolution of Kashmir dispute is imperative for ensuring peace in the South Asia.

He said the entire Pakistani nation stands by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in this hour of trial. He said we will continue to raise their voice at all forums. He also urged the international community to take notice of the grim situation in IIOJK.

President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan desires peace in Afghanistan and the world commends the efforts made by us for the establishment of peace in the neighbouring country.

The president stressed on the need for as 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 behind 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.’ (One Nation, One Destination). 

Regarding the COIVD-19 pandemic, the president said despite limited resources, the nation has handled the situation with responsibility and discipline.  He expressed confidence that Pakistan will also overcome this challenge but stressed on observing caution.

The president said Pak-China cooperation and collaboration is getting stronger with the passage of time. He also expressed gratitude to China over provision of cooronavirus vaccine to Pakistan.