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Pakistan attains self-sufficiency in defence production: POF Chief

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ISLAMABAD: The country has attained self-sufficiency in defence production sector and any sanctions from the west cannot hamper the defence supplies to the armed forces, said Chairman Pakistan Ordnance Factories Board Lt. Gen. Syed Sabahat Hussain. Talking to mediapersons after addressing the first convocation of Wah Medical College in Wah, the POF chief said that the country’s defence needs are being met through generation of indigenous resources.

He said that the POF had already reached six agreements with renowned international firms to undertake joint ventures for manufacturing of modern weapons. “These agreements are on transfer of technology basis,” he said. He said around 23 development projects are in the different stages of completion with the aim to enhance the level and standard of POF production.

General Sabahat who will be retiring on Wednesday from the service, said that the POF during the last year earned record revenue of Rs 500 million besides securing record export orders for the surplus production of POF.

He said the POF has secured orders worth US $ 80 million which is around 8 times higher than the last years proceeds earned in the sector. He said that the POF has advance bookings for supply of arms and ammo for 2010 which speaks volume about the standard and quality of the material being produced by the POF.

Answering a question regarding the welfare of the POF employees, he said that the government was asked to allow financial autonomy in line to increase the salary package of employees besides providing impetus to the economic well-being of the organisation.

“The case for giving autonomy to POF is pending with the Ministry of Finance for the last four years,” he said. Earlier, addressing the convocation, he urged upon the graduating doctors to go in the practical field with the spirit of devotion and dedication to provide a real service to the sick humanity.

“You all are the future leaders in the field of medical and you should set new examples of service through your sheer hardwork and devotion.” In his address, Vice Chancellor of Medical Health Sciences Dr Mubashar Hussain called upon the need for undertaking maximum research in the Human Health sector. “We can start research work without having modern laboratories·

we can undertake research on the major diseases without spending a lot of money,” he said. He appreciated the talent of the Pakistani youth and said “ we have a lot of talent but it needs proper guidance and leadership to get maximum out put,” he said.

Following strong persuasions by Dr. Mubashir Hussain, the Chairman POF announced to set up an independent department of Medical Education in the Wah Medical College with the aim to impart education skills and acquaint the teaching faculty of various medical colleges about latest research. All the 75 graduating doctors were awarded with degrees. The function was attended by former POF chief Lt.Gen ® Abdul Qayyum, Faculty members, and parents of the graduating students.-APP

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