KAHUTA: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said the government was fully aware and capable of meeting country’s defence needs and was pursuing the policy of credible minimum deterrence to maintain peace and stability in the region. The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering of nuclear scientists as he visited Kahuta Research Laboratories here, where he was given briefing on the working of the setup. Prime Minister Gilani said the government was focusing on a strong defence and stable economy for sustainable peace in the country.
“We will do our best and the government will take care of all the defence needs,” he said and added that strong defence and political security leads to economic stability. The Prime Minister said Pakistan was a frontline state in war against terrorism and needed international support towards its stability. “A strong and stable Pakistan is in the interest of the whole world,” he said.
Gilani hoped that the Friends of Pakistan group in its meeting in Tokyo would deliberate upon extending economic assistance to the country. He said the government was striving to ensure political stability and build strong economy, and added that the government was taking prudent steps in this regard.
Prime Minister Gilani appreciated the contribution of Kahuta Research Labs towards the country’s defence by reinforcing credible minimum deterrence. He expressed satisfaction over the working of KRL, that was providing weapon systems for the armed forces, thus saving a lot of foreign exchange. Gilani said he was proud of the country’s defence forces, that were doing a tremendous job and fully capable of safeguarding the geographical frontiers of the country.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to KRL scientists for their hardwork and dedication, and described them as a “real asset” for the nation. He said the government would establish an institute for research?based studies in the higher education system. The Prime Minister announced a one?month basic salary as honorarium for all the KRL employees.
Earlier, the Prime Minister visited various sections of the Kahuta Research Labs where he was briefed by its Chairman Karim Ahmad on the research activities. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and KRL Director General (Strategic Planning Division) Lt Gen Khalid Kidwai were also present. Later, Prime Minister Gilani wrote comments in the visitors book about his visit to the KRL.