IDEAS 2012: Pakistan converting threats into opportunities, says PM

Published: November 8, 2012
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Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf visiting a stall at IDEAS 2012 in Karachi. PHOTO: INP

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf visiting a stall at IDEAS 2012 in Karachi. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: 

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Wednesday said that Pakistan had successfully converted into opportunities the various internal and external threats, ranging from socio-economic to politico-military spectrum.     

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of IDEAS 2012, the prime minister said that though these threats had effected its space to manoeuvre yet there were opportunities to brave through these challenges.

He particularly referred to the recent events that had created space for reviewing terms of Pak-US engagement, which he said, were more of an opportunity than a challenge.

This, he said, was coupled with the Russian aspiration to increase influence and diversify trade providing ideal opportunity to Pakistan in expansion of its relations with Russia on broader basis.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that India’s need for energy and trade with Central Asia was also largely dependent on Pakistan while the Afghan trade was already done through Pakistan and this engagement was likely to continue.

Besides potential for improvement in its relations with Iran, he said that Pakistan could also benefit from Turkey and Malaysia’s rise as the new centre of economic influence.

“Room for enhancement of relations in trade and energy sectors with China exists and Pakistan can provide link between Gwadar and Xinjiang,” he said. He appreciated defence collaboration between the two countries that had and might further offset the undeclared technological apartheid.

The prime minister, however, acknowledged that peace and stability were the major requirements for any nation that seeks economic prosperity and social justice.

He said that the country ought to help itself by capitalizing on internal opportunities as low tax to GDP ratio that offers potential for improving tax revenue. “With approximately 100 million population under 30 years of age, Pakistan is a Work Time Resource Rich country and this potential has to be harnessed,” he said.

Moreover, he said, Pakistan’s defence force provided the country the strength needed for stability while its functional democracy and state institutions were also of meaningful significance.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf reiterated that since the world’s economic centre of gravity was shifting to Asia, specifically to Asia Pacific, it was, therefore, imperative for Pakistan to avail of all opportunities.

IDEAS, he said, was one such, extremely crucial, attempt to not only exhibit country’s defence and technological capacities but also to facilitate international collaborations and joint ventures.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Polpot
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:32AM

    “IDEAS, he said, was one such, extremely crucial, attempt to not only exhibit country’s defence and technological capacities but also to facilitate international collaborations and joint ventures.”
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    Such flight of fancy where the Railways are dysfunctional and loadshedding incessant.
    I think its a case of the speech writer living in Washington.

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  • DarKnight
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:33AM

    What the guns have to do with the IDEAS ?

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  • Ahad
    Nov 8, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Weapons expo in Karachi? LoL
    Just wrap all of this quickly and free the roads again. Civilians need to reach work on time so they can pay taxes that pays your salaries.Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Either he is intellectual or his speech writing department seems to be doing their job well :) His speeches are generally impressive

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  • Inquiry
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:14AM

    I heard that our PM did Hajj this year? A few day ago but the look reflects something else

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Pakistan converting threats into opportunities, says PM

    how exactly?? Can anybody explain it to me??

    coz, in my view, the threat level to Pakistan is increasing as time goes on…and it is other way round i.e. opportunities are becoming threat, not threat converting into opportunities.

    if you understand what i mean.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:47AM

    Two officials killed in car bomb targeting Rangers HQ in Karachi, 14 injured
    By AFP Published: November 8, 2012

    Isn’t Karachi your main port and commercial hub Mr Prime Minister ? You think India will risk its trade by using Pakistan as a transit route ?

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:50AM

    So many fancy arms in the exhibit, very impressive !

    “…IDEAS, he said, was one such, extremely crucial, attempt to not only exhibit country’s defence and technological capacities…”

    Mr Prime Minister why don’t you use all these defense and technological capacities to defend your main port and commercial city ? We will talk about the largest state, Balochistan and FATA and Gilgit Baltistan later.

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  • ARH
    Nov 8, 2012 - 12:06PM

    Hahaha!!!

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  • Polpot
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:24PM

    May I suggest that the ET carry out a photo essay on the IDEAS Exhibit
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    And avoid small arms.

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  • Polpot
    Nov 8, 2012 - 3:26PM

    “This, he said, was coupled with the Russian aspiration to increase influence and diversify trade providing ideal opportunity to Pakistan in expansion of its relations with Russia on broader basis.”
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    Russia at best wants to be an arms supplier and not an arms buyer. Is it even exhibiting at the event?

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:10PM

    IDEAS 2012 is one of the most important Arms for Peace Exhibition which is going on in Karachi.

    I have been to the Exhibition and have visited various stalls that are worth visiting.

    I was very much impressed by visiting the stalls and display of various Tanks by Pakistan Army, various materials by Pakistan Navy and numerous jets by Pakistan Air-force.

    The arrangements made by the host were excellent.

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Syed A. Mateen: “I was very much impressed by visiting the stalls and display of various Tanks by Pakistan Army, various materials by Pakistan Navy and numerous jets by Pakistan Air-force.”

    Thank you for the wonderful report. Just curious, were the canons of the tanks and jet fighters pointing towards the Taliban or towards the Pakistani public ?

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  • Jat
    Nov 8, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Great international show organized by Pakistan.

    I hope there was full representation of all the major arms buying countries like Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, FR Kohat, Orakzai, Kurram, FR Bannu, North Waziristan, FR Lakki Marwat, South Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, Baltistan and Balochistan.

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  • Shariz
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Rangers will blast innocent residents now, secret agencies are not sleeping they are well awake to carry out these blasts and in target killings in Karachi, and security services for Karachi are bound to leave loop holes so no one can get cought, blame security agencies for their failure.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 8, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @Jat:

    Why you are jealous with our armed forces? Go and visit the stalls and you will see yourself where the canons of the Tanks are pointing?

    You will have get an Entry Pass to go and see the exhibition and I doubt that you will be able to get the Entry Pass to enter the venue due to your biased comments against Pakistan’s Armed Forces.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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