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Pakistan desires peaceful coexistence in South Asia: President Arif Alvi

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that peaceful coexistence is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy, and it desires peace, security, and development in the whole region.

In his address at the Pakistan Day Military Parade at Parade Avenue in Islamabad on Thursday, the president said that the situation warrants that the leadership of South Asia reject the politics of hate, prejudice, and religious extremism to guide the region towards prosperity.

The president said that Pakistan wants to move forward with good intent and peace but our desire for peace should not be construed as our weakness.

President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan is laced with capabilities to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty, categorically saying that any misadventure will receive a befitting response.

“We will defend our independence at all costs,” he said.

The president said that Pakistan is a strong nuclear power, and apart from making progress in the socio-economic sectors, it has achieved self-reliance in defence.

“Our valiant and brave forces are the symbol of our independence and sovereignty,” he said.

The president said that the entire nation stood shoulder to shoulder with their armed forces in case of any foreign aggression as well as deal with other issues including terrorism and natural calamities. He said that our martyrs and Ghazis are our pride.

Dr. Arif Alvi said that the entire Pakistani nation stands by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in this hour of trial.

The president said that Kashmir is a jugular vein of Pakistan and we will continue to raise their voice at all forums. He also urged the international community to take notice of the grim situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan desires peace in Afghanistan and the world commends the efforts made by us for the establishment of peace in the neighboring Country.

The president stressed the need for harmonizing with the latest technologies including cyberspace and artificial intelligence to achieve the goal of development. He expressed satisfaction that the Country’s armed forces are not lagging behind to lace themselves with these technologies.

The president said that Pak-China cooperation and collaboration is getting stronger with the passage of time. He also expressed gratitude to China over the provision of the anti-Corona vaccine to Pakistan.

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