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Pak not keen to join arms race but will ensure power balance, says Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said Pakistan was not keen on joining an arms race but will take steps to maintain regional balance of power.

world Updated: Sep 06, 2016 21:42 IST
File photo of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
File photo of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (AFP)

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said Pakistan was not keen on joining an arms race but will take steps to maintain regional balance of power.

“Pakistan does not want to join the arms race in the region, however, will continue to ensure balance in the region,” Sharif said in a message issued on ‘Defence Day’ marked every year to commemorate the 1965 war with India.

“We have attained self-reliance in production of advanced weapons and our nuclear capability is the hallmark of our strong defence,” he said.

Harping on the Kashmir issue, Sharif said it should be resolved according to UN resolutions.

“We have a clear stance on Kashmir and believe that the solution of this issue only lies in implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people,” he said.

Pakistan President, in a separate message, said Pakistan’s armed forces are fully prepared to defend the homeland.

“The 6th September is a milestone in our history when 51 years ago Pakistan Army and the entire nation courageously defended the homeland against the enemy aggression,” Mamnoon Hussain said.