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In the exhibition 40 companies are representing Pakistan out of a total of 200 companies

Nov 13 - 19, 2000

First ever Pakistan International Defence Exhibition scheduled to be held at Karachi Expo Centre from Nov.14 will be opening a new chapter in the history of defence production industry in Pakistan as it would formally enter into the era of commercialisation. Besides Pakistan, products of various defence production units of over 160 foreign establishments of 20 countries will be put on display at the exhibition which is likely to be visited by over 1000 foreign guests including 22 defence ministers, Chairmen, Chief and Deputy Chief of Staff and services chiefs.

Indigenously produced, upgraded and improved conventional weapons, besides defence equipments, uniform and machinery would be displayed at the exhibition that will conclude on Nov.17. It is hoped that the country would be able to make a major breakthrough in the competitive international weapon market by organising such a high profile event. Though the defence production is being exhibited for the attraction of the buyer for the first time this year, it will be a permanent feature in the future thus enabling the country to earn foreign exchange in a bid to restrengthen the national economy.

Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf is taking keen interest in the Defence Exhibition, which is evident from the fact that he himself has extended invitations to the leaders of different countries and recently visited the site of the Exhibition to remain abreast of the progress of the project.

President Rafiq Tarar will be chief guest at the inaugural ceremony while the Chief Executive would preside over the concluding session of the seminar which will also be a part of the exhibition. Over 1,000 foreign guests from around 41 countries all over the globe have confirmed their joining the moot.

The countries like France, Italy, China, Romania, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey beside Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, Syria, Palestine have confirmed their participation.

Seven defence ministers, six chairmen/chiefs of defence staff and seven chiefs of staff are among the delegates who are arriving to attend the exhibition. A comprehensive plan has been chalked out to introduce these delegates to foreign and domestic exhibitors besides their meetings with the President, Chief Executive and other high ranking officials have also been planned.

Taking advantage of the exhibition Pakistan will also offer to the visitors the best training facilities at army institutions, which enjoy worldwide reputation. Pakistan is also a reputed supplier of military uniform and boots. Meeting sessions will also be arranged between the buyers and sellers in addition to visits organized daily to the backyard of the display centre, which will display sophisticated equipment like tanks, aircraft and missiles, etc.

A mobility display at the exhibition venue and PN Show at the Naval Dockyard will begin the same day besides the Governor's reception in honour of the delegates would be among the highlights of the first day events.

The next day, apart from the exhibition at Expo Centre the delegates, high ranking officials, corporate executives and prominent citizens have also been invited to a gala evening while the last day features include live firing, aerial display by PAF fighter planes at PAF firing range Sonmiani.

In the firing display two F-6 will perform a fly past, one Super Mushak and one K-8 will perform Solo Aerobatics while a Mirage will carry out a supersonic run. Two F.16 with two MK-84 bombs, four F-7 with 25, 30 MM ammo will undertake strafing attack while two Mirages with two MK-82 pre-frag bombs, two Mirages with 1 PSD-1 and two F-16s with 12 KM-82 bombs will perform through Air Platform.

Tank T-59 MII, Baktar Shikan, Tank T-85 will perform the "Static Firing" and Firing on the Move" along with Anza and TAM display with live mines.

The HQ 5 Corps has been given the responsibility of the security, local coordination, communication and traffic control while HQ Commander Karachi will receive the delegates besides arranging the naval display. HQ Southern Air Command is looking after the firing display whereas the provincial home secretary is looking after the coordination with local civic agencies, he added.

In the exhibition 40 companies are representing Pakistan out of a total of 200 companies, 20 countries altogether have around 100 stalls while Pakistan, China, Turkey, Romania and Italy have their separate pavilions.

Briefing at Expo Centre on November 3, 2000

International Defence Exhibition being held on 14th-17th November at Karachi is a commercial activity and EPB, the local administration and the sponsors, Pegasus Consultancy have played their role in a very professional and effective manner. This was stated by the Chief Coordinator IDEAS 2000. Maj. General S. Ali Hamid while briefing Editors, Columnists and Senior Journalists from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.

He said that this exhibition would create an awareness of Pakistan's defence manufacturing capabilities amongst foreign countries while it would help Pakistan to invigorate commercial and business activity. Gen Hamid further explained that the very strong positive response to IDEAS 2000 visible from high profile composition of the delegations from 34 countries an the interest shown by the exhibitors clearly indicates their interest in our country and the status Pakistan enjoys in the world.

He provided details of the participants, the daily programme, aims of the exhibition, the target markets and other relevant issues.

Giving details about the development of Pakistan's Arms Industry he said, that until 1970 Pakistan focused on meeting basic requirement of small arms, ammunition, repair and overhaul of equipment. During 1970-1990 Pakistan upgraded its major weapon system like Tanks, Ships, Aircraft and Radar etc. From year 2000 onwards Pakistan is expanding into the International Market by providing incentive to the private sector to enter defence manufacturing sector, he added.

Chairman Pegasus Consultancy, sponsors and organizers of IDEAS 2000, Mr. Aasim Siddiqui briefing the gathering said that the exhibition would not only boost Pakistan's defence exports but would also enhance the country's image on the economic front.

He focused on the commercial aspect of the event and explained details relating to the organization of the mega event. Mr Siddiqui clearly specified that the project is supported by the Government and the Armed Forces while no investment has been made by both since this was done by Pegasus.

Mr. Siddiqui informed that the Seminars have attracted international speakers alongside specialists from Pakistan and these will cover topics including Technology, Geopolitics, and Business. He also explained the other activities which are to project Pakistan's cultural, historical and traditions to create a very positive image of the country. He informed that the Gala Evening will be graced by the Chief Executive himself.

Later Brig Naveed Rahman and Aasim Siddiqui took the participants on a tour of the Expo Centre providing details of the settings, the work in progress and about the location of the specially created media centre in Hall 3.

They mentioned that Pakistani companies are being given maximum possible projection and for the purpose a complete hall has been dedicated while the foreign firms have been given space in hall 2 and 3 which are international halls. The Editors and Journalists were then taken to the mobility display area and also briefed on the other equipment that will be put on display at the exhibition venue.