ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said that the armed forces were committed to perform their mandated functions as per the Constitution, therefore, all the politicians should commit themselves to democratic means of negotiations, consultations and deliberations to achieve consensus on issues confronted to the nation and reduce political polarization to achieve financial and economic stability in the country.
The president expressed these views while addressing the concluding session of Islamabad Conclave-2022, titled â€œ75 Years of Independence: Achieving Comprehensive National Securityâ€, here.
He said that in the past the superpowers adopted the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction, which diverted resources of the world towards meeting and developing more lethal weapon systems. He said that even if a fraction of these resources were diverted, the poverty and hunger in the world could have been eliminated as well as the effects of climate change could have been mitigated.
Alvi added that democracy, military defence, information and communication security, and economic independence were essential elements for a comprehensive defence of the country.
The president said that the Constitution of Pakistan safeguarded the rights of all the citizens equally irrespective of their social status, wealth or influence, adding that justice should be served promptly and cheaply without any discrimination which would help the country to move forward on a fast-track basis.
President Alvi said that information was another vital element of national security as disinformation could be used to destroy the country and mislead innocent populations. He said that disinformation regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction led to a major conflict in the Middle East, which resulted in the loss of many precious lives and the destruction of property and assets.
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