Pakistan capable of responding to any acts of aggression: President Alvi


ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Thursday said that the country faced both internal and external challenges but remained fully prepared and was capable of responding to any acts of aggression.

While addressing the passing out parade of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) cadets in Risalpur, the president reiterated on Pakistan’s policy of maintaining friendly relations with its neighbours and said, “The country desires warm foreign relations based on mutual respect with the international community.”

He also said that the country is committed to fighting the war on terror and the struggle terrorism has played a vital role in regional peace and security and “our armed forces displayed immaculate harmony in the operations against terrorism”.

The president further said, “The country is facing both internal and external challenges but vowed to overcome them through a cohesive approach.”

Furthermore, he praised the PAF for being the cornerstone of national defence and playing a vital role in the “annihilation of terrorist sanctuaries”.

The president, during the ceremony, said that the graduating cadets have been “trained in line with the finest traditions set by the great air warriors of the past and expressed confidence that they will set new records in the line of duty”.

He also urged them to showcase professionalism in order to maintain the supremacy of the armed forces and said that the PAF will receive full support from the government in “providing resources to obtain the latest technology to ensure national defence while acknowledging their efforts towards indigenisation”.

The president was presented with a guard of honour and the ceremony was attended by Air Chief Mujahid Anwar and the Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan.