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IDEAS 2012 at Expo Centre concludes Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO),

Pakistan achieves self-sufficiency in many fields: minister 

KARACHI: Pakistan is offering some high tech air and ground equipments for sale and it shows that we have achieved self-sufficiency in many fields. Pakistan is a peace loving country and desires to live in harmony with all.

Sardar Bahadur Khan Sihar Federal Minister for Defence Production stated this while addressing the closing ceremony of IDEAS 2012 here at Expo Centre Karachi. Major General Tahir Ashraf Khan HI (M) DG DEPO, Commodore Siddiq Akbar, Director (Media) of Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO), Ministry of Defence Production and Brig. Mazhar, Director Coordination, DEPO were also present on the occasion. He said that the aim of the IDEAS 2012 was to showcase our products, demonstrate our organisation skills to plan and conduct a mega event of international stature and provide a great international platform to convey our viewpoints on security issues concerning Pakistan.

Moreover, to provide a unique opportunity for our defence related industry, both in public and private sector, to display their products and interact directly with the defence industry of the developed world and creating a good opportunity to reinforce the diplomatic efforts in the domain of defence diplomacy.

He said we feel that by holding DEAS 2012 successfully under the prevalent environment by an attempt to build the image of Pakistan as a modern, progressive and tolerant state that is willing to co-exist peacefully with the international community, we have achieve our aim.

While giving answer to a question, he said we had achieved all targets of holding the IDEAS 2012. Around 82 foreign defence delegations and participation of 56 countries shows the significance and success of the exhibition.

Meanwhile, Major General Tahir Ashraf Khan also briefed the media he added that Pakistan had been in defence production since very long. Our some of the major indigenously developed products were showcased in IDEAS-2012 including Main Battle Tank Al-Khalid, JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, Jet Trainer Aircraft and UAVs etc. We received very good response for IDEAS 2012 from Turkey, China, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Far East. He said that the impact of the event will be large. agencies

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