Pakistan is a responsible and peaceful nuclear power but will protect
its sovereignty and security at all cost, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
said today amid border tensions with India.
is a responsible and peaceful nuclear power. Though, we are fully aware
of the conspiracies and tactics of the enemies, we desire to have good
and peaceful relations with all our neighbours on the basis of sovereign
equality," Sharif said in his message on the Defence Day celebrated all
over Pakistan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1965 war with
"I wish to make it clear that we will protect the
sovereignty and security of Pakistan at all cost," he said. He said the
Defence Day of Pakistan reminds of the unflinching resolve,
determination, courage and bravery of the Pakistani nation.
we are celebrating the golden jubilee of those memorable events, when
our brave armed forces not only successfully defended its frontiers but
also thwarted the nefarious designs of the enemy," he said, without
"Our brave officers and soldiers following the
footprint of their glorious past continue to successfully defend the
country from internal and external threats," he said.
Sharif said the
armed forces of Pakistan, besides keeping a vigil on the air, sea and
land frontiers, have also played an unprecedented role in addressing
internal issues, like terrorism.
He said that the Pakistani nation,
the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies are determined to
eliminate the scourge of terrorism from the country.
Pakistan and India in recent weeks have blamed each other for ceasefire violation along the Line of Control.
troops today resorted to firing on Indian positions in the frontier
district of Poonch, taking the number of violations to seven this month.
The latest ceasefire violation comes in the backdrop of reports that
India and Pakistan would be holding five-day Director General-level
talks between their border guarding forces from September 9.
violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including sniper attacks,
infiltration, intrusion in Rann of Kutch and smuggling are among the key
issues India is expected to raise with Pakistan during the talks.
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