Pakistan Security News
KHAIRPUR TAMEWALI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz
Sharif, Wednesday categorically said any attempt to harm Pakistan security
and territorial integrity would be met with a “befitting response”.
“There is no doubt that the country’s armed forces are battle-hardened
and ready to confront any external and internal security challenges,” the
Prime Minister also said in his remarks after witnessing the military exercise
‘Raad ul Barq’, jointly conducted by Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force.
Nawaz Sharif further said the enemies of Pakistan had made their intentions
well-known against its national integrity and economic prosperity, however
said “determination and resilience of our armed forces is a shield that counters
any nefarious designs by our adversaries.”
Raad ul Barq
He also said exercise Raad ul Barq denoted the commitment of the country’s
armed forces for the cause of national defence, Pakistan security and expressed satisfaction
that their enhanced capabilities made them “one of the finest fighting forces of the world”.
He also expressed gratitude to the servicemen who were “all-time vigilant
and ready to make supreme sacrifices for the sake of country”.
“The strength of our national defence emanates from the integration of
all components of our defence structure that act as one body and an impregnable
bulwark against enemy,” he also said.
Moreover, the Prime Minister also said no country could remain oblivious of its
national security and added that “Our strategic vision gives utmost priority
to the defence of our motherland.”
He further said the government was following the policy of non-interference in
other countries’ internal affairs and expected the same to enable lasting peace in the region.
He also mentioned that Pakistan had been a major target of terrorism being
supported and financed mainly by external actors.
“No country can tolerate such attacks on its sovereignty.
Our nation and armed forces are successfully countering the
malicious designs of our foes,” he further said.
He also said, “We will not be deterred by the perpetrators of
terrorism who will find us even more determined to eradicate this
evil, and we are steadfast against all anti-state activities.”
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also said the sacrifices of military personnel
would not go in vain as they had enabled to turn the tide in the war against terror.
“From military operation to rehabilitation and reconstruction, and bringing normalcy is
the ultimate goal of our law enforcement strategy,” he said.
He termed Operation Zarb-e-Azb as the “most comprehensive, most successful and
most robust anti-terror operation in the world”.
The Prime Minister also said that Kashmir remained a bone of contention between
Pakistan and India and required serious efforts for its resolution in accordance
with the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolutions of United Nations.
He also said killing of Pakistani soldiers at Line of Control by
Indian security forces was “another act of aggression which warrants
international attention”. The situation at border remained sensitive due to India’s
grave violation of ceasefire violation, he added.
He also said exercise Raad ul Barq had established that “Pakistan was ready to confront
any ambitious and reckless move by its enemies”.
The Prime Minister also said that Pakistan had a bright future, and mentioned that
international economic organizations had upgraded the country’s ratings with positive outlook.
He also said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a shining example of Sino-Pak
friendship, was on its way to full operation with first trade caravan recently departed from Gwadar.
He also said that Pakistan had become part of the trade route that would change its
destiny and emphasized that as part of development agenda, no province or region of
the country would be deprived of the CPEC’s benefits.
“The dream of a vibrant and progressive Pakistan could not have become a
reality unless all state institutions had not come together for our common
objective of collectively achieving a peaceful, progressive and democratic
Pakistan as envisioned by our founding father Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal,” he further said.
Earlier, the Prime Minister also witnessed ‘Raad ul Barq’ – Thunder of Lightening – military exercise in Khairpur Tamewali firing range of Cholistan desert.
The comprehensive joint exercise conducted by Pakistan Army and Pakistan
Air Force showcased the combat-readiness of the country’s defence line with
live firepower demonstration using heavy artillery, fighter jets and air defence weapons.
The Prime Minister along with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmoud and three services chiefs witnessed the movement of artillery corp’s Khalid tanks successfully engaging targets in the firing range, some 70 kilometers from Bahawalpur.
The PAF’s fighter aircraft including JF-17 Thunder, F-7PG and Mirage hit the targets with agility and precision avoiding the radars.
The maneuvering Mirage aircraft flew close to ground striking at the designated targets.
The Firing Falcon – formation of four F-16 aircraft, each capable of carrying 24,000 pounds high explosive bombs enough to target 2 x 2 kilometres of land, successfully hit enemy’s targets.
The Cobra Gunship and Z10 helicopters
The Cobra Gunship and Z10 helicopters fired missiles having six kilometres range
and successfully engaged the targets.
The helicopters of Army Aviation Combat Group that participated in the Operation
Zarb-e-Azb also demonstrated their combat potential.
The exercise also demonstrated indigenously developed surface-to-air missiles,
multi-barrel rocket launchers, sky radars for target detection and rocket-propelled target system.
The demonstration also concluded with a flypast by F-16 aircraft receiving thunderous
applause by the audience.
Army Chief Army chief General Raheel Sharif also presented a souvenir to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Air Chief Air
Marshal Sohail Aman and Naval chief Admiral Zakaullah, Speaker National
Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, National Security Adviser Lt.Gen. Nasser Janjua
and ambassadors attended the event.
Deputy chief of staff of Saudi armed forces especially arrived in on behalf of
the Saudi Crown Prince to witness the military exercise.