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December 5, 2014

Securing our way of life primary concern: COAS

December 5, 2014

KARACHI: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif, said on Thursday that the presence of non-state actors was a direct threat to the internal security of states.
Addressing the Eighth International Defence Exhibition and Seminar IDEAS-2014 in Karachi, the COAS said terrorists were trying to impose their ideology and that national security was the duty of every institution.
He said, “In the world today, security does not only apply to borders, but securing our cultures and way of life are also seen as primary security concerns,” he said.General Raheel said the resolution of the Kashmir and Palestine disputes was necessary formaintaining peace in the region.
“Sometimes security of the whole region can be threatened by a single unresolved issue such as Palestine and Kashmir,” he said.The COAS said the army had clear objective of rooting out terrorism from the country and no one should doubt this intent.
He said the meaning of security had evolved into a larger context over time, and more happens now in a decade than it used to in centuries in the past. “Hence, making predictions about the future needs careful thought,” he said.
“In a nutshell, the word security has already transformed into a much larger context that would not have made sense only 20 years ago,” the army chief said. Speaking about the terror threats faced by Pakistan, General Raheel said the current conflict mechanisms were unable to handle these threats. “The forces of disorder have threatened the traditional structures of order,” the army chief said.
During his visit on the fourth day of the exhibition, General Raheel visited the stalls of defence equipment and exchanged views with foreign delegates at the Expo Centre. The army chief was accompanied by the Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force chiefs.
The exhibition showcased defence equipment including aircraft, tanks, ammunition, APCs and ship building and communication-related equipment of

77 Pakistani firms.Various foreign firms also displayed products specific to Pakistan’s challenges.Around 256 defence equipment manufacturers took part in Ideas 2014.
Meanwhile, Gen Raheel along with Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar and IG Police Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali paid a visit to the camp of the SSU Unit and Elite Commandos of the Sindh Police.
The COAS praised the ongoing police action against the terrorists and criminal elements and paid tributes to police officers and Jawans for their sacrifices.
The IGP told the army chief that for the first time the Sindh Police are formally participating in the IDEAS exhibition so that awareness could be created among the public about explosive material fingerprint machines and other modern gadgets.
Meanwhile, the ISPR says delegations from Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan met with General Raheel. Saudi Arabia expressed its interest in Pakistan’s defence production.The ISPR said the COAS had a meeting with the delegation from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia in Rawalpindi. The delegation also expressed interest in purchasing defence equipment.
The army chief discussed the prospects of improving the bilateral relations with the foreign delegation.Also specific importance was given to strengthening Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

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