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State won't be blackmailed by 'mistaken' elements: Khawaja Asif

21 January, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday the state would not be blackmailed at the hands of a few "mistaken" elements.

"Those who are attacking our forces are sadly mistaken as they think that they can dictate the state with their dual face. On one hand, they talk about negotiations and on the other hand they spread terror through killings and suicide bombings," the defence minister said.

The minister said sacrifices rendered be Pakistan's armed forces are the "lifeline for our national existence".

"We will not allow enemies of the state to force us into compromising on our principles," he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia Prince Salman bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud called on Khawaja Asif.

On the occasion, the defence minister stressed that Pakistan has always looked up to its Muslim brothers and consistent support from Saudi Arabia is commendable in the regard. He said that Pakistan has faced a lot of difficulties during the ongoing war on terror and has laid down unprecedented sacrifices in this regard.

"We have not only lost our brave and valiant soldiers in the line of duty but the civilian population has also suffered immense causalities," he added.

"Pakistan believes in regional stability and peaceful Afghanistan. We are also keen on supporting Afghanistan and strongly believe that it is in the interest of the region," said Asif.

The Saudi deputy defence minister showed keen interest in defence products being produced at Pakistan defence industries. He appreciated the quality and standard of the products being produced at low prices.

He added that the establishment of Joint Military Cooperation Committee (JMCC) as well as Military Cooperation Committee (MCC) would prove beneficial forums to improve defence cooperation between the two countries.

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