ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it had no intention to join arms race in the region, however warned to respond with full force in case of any external threat against its sovereignty.
“Pakistan is not willing to be part of arms race, unless it is compelled to take steps for its defence," the Foreign Office spokesman said at a weekly press briefing, in response to a query on handing over of recent batch of Rafale fighter jets by France to India. Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal called upon the world not to push the region towards freaking competition of buying arms, adding that the main focus of Pakistan government was development of its education and health sectors.
He said any country with nefarious designs against Pakistan, should be mindful of the befitting response by its air force on February 26, when it downed two Indian fighter aircraft on violation of air space. “We know how to defend ourselves, may it is Rafale on the other end or whatsoever," he said.
On Kartarpur Corridor, he said the project was expected to be completed as per schedule time, with work underway on fast pace, adding the date of opening was yet to be finalized.
He mentioned that the opening would be on time as committed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, adding that formal invitation had been sent to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak.
To a question if Prime Minister Imran Khan was going to visit Saudi Arabia and Iran, the spokesman said “the possibility of the visit to both countries was on the cards."