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Pakistan armed forces fully prepared to respond to any threat: PM

RISALPUR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan armed forces are fully capable and prepared to respond to any spectrum of threat.

He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at Asghar Khan PAF Academy in Risalpur on Tuesday. Mr Sharif said Pakistan is a peace loving country and has always maintained the policy of having friendly relations with other countries particularly its neighbors.

He said we want peaceful neighborly relations.  He said cooperation rather than conflict and shared prosperity rather than mutual suspicion is the hallmark of our policy.

He said Pakistan for its part will never hesitate to extend the hand of friendship to all and will never waiver from returning goodwill with even more goodwill.  This he said is in line with our founding father.

He however said despite our desire for peaceful coexistence, we cannot remain oblivious to defending our sovereignty and protecting our independence.

He said we are living in a rapidly evolving world and the traditional concept of national security has undergone a transformation.  He noted that today war no longer an exclusive sphere of military forces as long as nations strive to preserve their way of life, ideological identity and economic interests, war will continue to be waged in different domains.

About the operation against terrorism, Mr. Sharif expressed satisfaction that it has brought tremendous improvement in the internal security environment.

He said Pakistan Air Force has played critical role in operation Zarb-e-Azb.  He said the nation has acknowledged the exemplary valour and outstanding professionalism by armed forces at all tiers.

The Prime Minister urged the passed out cadets that as Shaheens they should dedicate their energy and abilities to make Pakistan fully secured and well-defended country. He said the whole nation stands behind you.

Earlier, the Prime Minister reviewed the parade and gave awards to the cadets.

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