Arms for Peace IDEAS 2014

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The most volatile geopolitical region of Asia is one of the largest markets for Defence Products. In a bid to effectively meet the new challenge posed by the transformed regional and global security dynamics, the Asia as well as governments of the neighboring continent of Africa allocates significant budgets for modernization and up-gradation programs for their armed forces. The International Defence Exhibition and Seminar, more commonly referred to as IDEAS, is a defence sector event, held biennially, in Pakistan. Since 2000, it has grown to include more than 30,000 delegates and 250 exhibitors from around the world. The Pakistan government attaches a high level of importance to IDEAS; despite the fact that it attracts a large number of delegates, it is seen as a vehicle for facilitating their own indigenous arms trade. The Defence Export Promotion Organisation or more simply DEPO, is the government agency responsible for the success and organisation of IDEAS. Typically they outsource some elements of production of the exhibition to private companies. The event’s prime mission has always been to showcase Pakistan’s ability to export arms to foreign nations. The International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), showcases a wide variety of Military technology, ranging from equipment used in the third world countries to the most sophisticated systems from the West. This exhibition provides a perfect interactive platform for the defence forces to assess the best products and technology to cater for their respective defence-related requirements… Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2014 at Expo Center, Karachi.

While addressing from the occasion, the PM said that armed forces equipped with latest technology are pertinent for the country’s defence and sovereignty. Currently, Pakistan has the modern defence system while the country is determined to achieve success in operation Zarb-e-Azb. He further said that the safeguarding the sovereignty is the priority for any independent country. A state should always be prepared to face the challenges to national security. It may be mentioned that the exhibition is showcasing exhibits including tanks, aircraft, APCs ammunition, ship building and communications related equipment of 232 defence companies of the world. China has the biggest pavilion at the exhibition followed by Turkey. After inauguration, the Prime Minister also visited various stalls and met with the key delegates. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif attended the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2014. While addressing from the occasion, Gen Raheel Sharif said that Pakistan is an extremely brave and determined nation while presence of non-government organisations and other multi-national companies complicate the internal security situation. The COAS further said that solving Kashmir and Palestine issue was necessary for maintaining peace in the region.

During his visit, Gen Raheel Sharif examined the local and international arms and ammunition displayed on the stalls. The Army Chief also exchanged views with the foreign delegations participating in the exhibition. The stalls set up at the Expo Centre displayed arms and ammunition from countries including China and Turkey. General Raheel Sharif carried out a detailed examination of the local arms on display. He also examined the locally manufactured Azb sniper gun, drone aircraft, bullet proof jackets, badges and flight simulators. He also attended and addressed the seminar about the defense exhibition held at a local hotel in Karachi. Various foreign firms also displayed products specific to Pakistan’s challenges. Around 256 defense equipment manufacturers took part in IDEAS 2014.

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