Karachi, Feb.9 (ANI) : Highlighting the need of acquiring modern weapons for the armed forces to help them meet the legitimate defence needs of the country, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has clarified that Islamabad does not harbour any designs to spark an arms race in the region.
Speaking at a function during the induction of the second China made F-22P frigate, PNS Shamsheer, into the Pakistan Navy, Gilani said Pakistan has no intentions to take part in an arms race, however, it cannot remain oblivious to its defence needs.
"We do not want to engage in an arms race with any country. Our strategic as well as conventional capabilities are focussed towards legitimate defence needs and promotion of peace. To this end we will equip our armed forces accordingly, regardless of economic hardships," The Dawn quoted Gilani added.
Terming Pakistan's relations with China as a "model relationship", Gilani said that the induction of PNS Shamsher would add to the multi-faceted strategic partnership with Beijing.
"This relationship is underpinned by mutual respect, trust and complete confidence, thus creating the required synergy for progress, development and social harmony not only in our countries but also in Asia and beyond," Gilani said.
"It is based on the principle of non-interference in each other's internal affairs and it is not directed against any country," he added.
Gilani said that the ever strengthening ties between both countries had helped ensure 'stability and equilibrium' in the region during the past six decades. (ANI)