DESPARDES — The first Pakistan-Turkey defense equipment exhibition kicked off in Islamabad at the Pak China Friendship Center amid growing bilateral bonhomie between the two countries pegged on historical, cultural and brotherly relations amid regional and global dynamics.
Pakistan was hosting the defense production exhibition of Turkish defense industry for the first time in history, according to APP.
The exhibition which would continue for three days will be open for public on Saturday (October 26) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Some 24 stalls exhibiting locally-made defense equipment of Turkey and Pakistan are on display, including ammunition, artillery, tanks, heavy duty trucks and tanks.
Turkey was procuring Super Mushshaq trainer aircraft made in Pakistan. It is also actively considering investing in the multibillion dollar Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) which provides the shortest trade and energy pathway between Middle East, China and Central Asia through Pakistan.
Gwadar on the Arabian sea shoreline (with its newly operational deep-sea port) serves as the CPEC gateway. Pakistan Navy is therefore acquiring new dimensions in avoiding sea threats from all sides.
In his recent visit to Turkey, the Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff signed a contract for four Type Milgem-Class anti-submarine corvettes equipped with stealth technology and designed by the Turkish shipyard.
Turkey’s defense imports have come down to 30 percent and the Turks seeks to bring it to zero by 2023.
Recently, Pakistan and Turkey joined hands with Malaysia ( collectively a huge Muslim-majority sovereign nation island) to launch a global TV network and raise awareness about Islam being the religion of peace and confront the ‘Islamophobia’ narrative.