Thai general calls on defence minister

‘Pakistan Army playing its role successfully against terrorism’

ISLAMABAD – Chief of Defence Forces of Thailand General Tanasak Patimapragon on Tuesday called on Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif and acknowledged that Pakistan has a professional, trained and fully-equipped armed forces and playing its role successfully in eliminating terrorism from disturbed areas.

During the meeting at the Ministry of Defence, Thai general said that Thailand fully acknowledges sacrifices of the armed forces of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan has a potential defence production market and thus showed interest in exploring areas of mutual cooperation.

Minister reiterated that Pakistan, its people and its armed forces have suffered immensely due to the war on terror. “Our armed forces have lost more lives than in the three wars,” he said. “We must commend the way they have sacrificed their lives for striking out terror from Pakistan,” he said.

During the meeting, the minister said that Pakistan believes in the policy of non interference. Pakistan has a sizeable defence production industry with some state of the art avionics and heavy machinery, he said. “We need to focus towards areas of joint collaborations, training, joint exercises, naval and maritime cooperation between Pakistan and Thailand,” he said.

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