Pakistan’s Secretary Defence attends 8th Moscow Conference on International Security

MOSCOW, Russia: Pakistan’s Secretary Defence Lt General (retd) Ikram Ul Haq attended the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) held in the Russian Capital from April 23-25, 2019, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

During the Plenary Session, the secretary defence delivered a speech on the topic, “Security in Modern World: Regional and Global Factors and Trends”.

While dilating on the issue, the secretary defence mentioned the rapid transformations in the global and regional security calculus.

Lt General (retd) Ikram Ul Haq highlighted the impact of various diverse factors including primacy of geo-economics over geo-politics, transition from globalization to regionalism, trade wars, hybrid wars, space militarization, terrorism, cybercrime and threats to Maritime Security on the overall security dynamics of the globe. He highlighted the achievements of Pakistan in kinetic as well as non-kinetic domain in its fight against terrorism through adoption of holistic multipronged strategies.

The secretary defence also highlighted the importance of economic cooperation between the regional Countries and the importance of connectivity projects such as China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in delivering economic dividends not only for South Asia but also for the West Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

On the side lines of the Conference, the Secretary Defence Lt General (retd) Ikram Ul Haq met the Deputy Defence Minister of Iran, the Deputy Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia as well as the Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

During the calls, both sides exchanged views on issues of mutual interest and explored the possibility of enhancing defence cooperation.

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