Claiming to not have “offensive designs,” Pakistan President
Pervez Musharraf revealed plans that his country was following a strategy of “offensive defensive deterrence” and strengthening its armed forces. Launching the indigenously built Agosta 90-B class submarine name Hamza in Karachi, Musharraf revealed a slew of indigenous products by the various arms of the military.
This is the 3rd Agosta class submarine inducted into the Pakistan Navy—the 1st one was built entirely by France, the 2nd (called Saad) in collaboration, and the 3rd indigenously. Commending the indigenous effort in hardware build up, Musharraf said that submarine has given the nation an “offensive punch.” He also revealed that the Pakistan Air Force was developing the Chinese JF-17 fighter aircraft, the Navy on Chinese F22P frigates, and the army the main battle tank Al Khalid and support tank Al-Zarrar.
Musharraf was highly critical of “drawing room critics and pseudo intellectuals” for demanding defense cuts saying that “security and peace is only guaranteed through force and strength” and “never through weakness.” Citing Lebanon as a weak nation that is being invaded, he promised to grow the armed forces “from strength to strength” at the same time claiming that Pakistan was not in an arms race.
However, he conceded that economic development as the key to progress.