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Pakistan as a peace-loving country want friendly relations with all countries: Mamnoon Hussain

24 March, 2016

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan as a peace-loving country was eager to have friendly relations with all countries including its neighbours but “our desire for peace should not be misconstrued as our weakness”.

While addressing a Pakistan Day ceremony on Wednesday, the president said that any evil eye cast on our motherland will not be allowed to stay alive. He said that March 23 was day of our ideological recognition. “We are facing a new enemy in the form of terrorism and extremism. North Waziristan will soon be cleansed from terrorists”. “This was unwavering resolve of founders of Pakistan and unique spirit of the nation that a resolution turned into reality from a thought and Pakistan came into being. This country which started its journey from little resources succeeded in winning recognition in the comity of nations,” said the president.

He said the enemy was of the view that the newly borne country will not stay long, but the world has witnessed that Pakistan has not only become an established nuclear power but has also achieved self-reliance in conventional defence. He went on to say that Pakistan will continue to play its role for global peace and security. “We want to make it clear that we never joined and will never join arms race. But we will render every sacrifice for the defence of our motherland. Every requirement of armed forces will be met on this count because any army equipped with the state-of-the-art weapons and professional capabilities has become inevitable for the survival and security of nations in this era.”

He went on to say that Pakistan had to face aggression from the enemy several times and a befitting reply was given every time. “But we are facing a new enemy in the form of terrorism and extremism today. It is not only posing threat to our survival and security but it also wants to impede our path to development. But Pakistani nation and armed forces have achieved excellent successes on this front by rendering unprecedented sacrifices.” As a result operation in North Waziristan has entered into the final phase. This area will be cleansed from the terrorists soon. “But our goal is elimination of terrorism and lawlessness from all the country. Operation Zarb-e-Azb will continue unless the last terrorist is eliminated,” Mamnoon said.

He added that the spirits of the armed forces are higher than the mountains. Enemies had not expected Pakistan to set off on a journey as rewarding as it has been owing to the hardworking nation. The only purpose of possession of weapons is country’s defense, he added. The president said that merit violation in different departments is one of the several issues that hinder country’s progress. He underlined that the enemy should know it well that every evil eye to be cast on motherland will not be allowed to stay alive. “I want to make it clear that as a responsible country we want to utilise our resources for the uplift and prosperity of our people. Our nuclear capability be also seen in this perspective. Criticising Pakistan in these matters is uncalled for,” he remarked.

“Kashmir is our jugular vein,” he said, adding “we want its peaceful resolution. Pakistan will continue to support people of Kashmir on moral, political and diplomatic front”. President Mamnoon said Pakistan was playing a vital role against extremism and terrorism and would play its part in global efforts to fight these threats to bring peace to the world. He said Pakistan has always stood for peace and its efforts in this regard have been globally recognised. He mentioned Pakistan’s desire for peace, particularly with its neighbours. “We will not shy away from any sacrifice to safeguard our frontiers,” he said. The president said Pakistan has come a long way and despite its initial challenges, it has not only made a place in the comity of nations, but was continuing to strive for peace and stability in the world and the region.

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