Pakistan to further bolster defence to counter Indian purchases

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Islamabad, Feb 6 (UNI) Pakistan today said it would further bolster its defence to counter huge Indian defence purchases.

''Pakistan is averse to introducing new weapon system in the region because we need economic and social development and no armament,'' foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq told a press briefing here.

However, he said, Pakistan will do whatever it could do to defend its sovereignty and its borders.

The spokesman was commenting on huge defence purchases by India.

Referring to the concern expressed by the Indian Naval Chief on Gwadar Port in south-western Pakistan, the spokesman said that Gwadar is a project for the development of the country and the uplift of the people of Balochistan.

''It will provide linkage to landlocked countries with the sea and it has nothing to do with any other activities and there should be no concern on this project,'' he said.

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