ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Friday said Pakistan’s armed forces were well prepared to give a befitting response to any misadventure by India. He said the Pulwama attack was being used as a pretext by India to escalate tension. The president said this while addressing army officers undergoing training at the Command and Staff College, Quetta, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The president stated that Pakistan would not tolerate any violation of its territorial integrity and reserves the right to self-defence. He underlined that Pakistan was a peaceful and sovereign country, desirous of having good relations with all its neighbours, including India.
The president lauded the role and sacrifices of armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civil administration in addressing the challenges of lawlessness and terrorism. He stated that despite facing many challenges, Pakistan was now heading in right direction, adding that the country was now more stable and stronger than before and many opportunities are knocking at its door.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to change the fate of the region for better. He further said Balochistan would gain specifically from the CPEC project and immense opportunities of employment would be created for its youth.
The president commended the role of Command and Staff College, Quetta, in imparting quality and strategic training to officers of Pak Army and those from the allied countries. He hoped that training received at this premier military institution would prove to be an asset for the trainee officers with the help of which they would be able to utilise their abilities and full potential in the service of the motherland.