KARACHI - Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain said that the IDEAS-2014 has witnessed 100 percent more participation in comparison to that of IDEAS-2012.

Three hundred companies from 50 countries are participating in this defence exhibition and it has received high appreciation from them, the minister told media during his visit to IDEAS-2014 Pakistan at Karachi Expo Centre here on Wednesday.

He said, this is a big opening for Pakistan to the international market. The country's defence export has already doubled in last 15 months, he added.  The present government's mission is to achieve self-reliance in defence technology through transfer of technology along with increasing Pakistan's share of defence exports.  "We’ll purchase a defence related machinery or equipment from any country only on the condition of transfer of technology to us," he added. When his attention was drawn to the Russia's participation in IDEAS Pakistan exhibition, the minister said this is for the first time that Russia is participating in such an event and described it as a very encouraging step. Russia wants cooperation with Pakistan in defence technology and defence.

Meanwhile, talking to Afghan Air Chief, Major General Wahab Wardak during the exhibition "Ideas 2014", Rana Tanvir said that Pakistan is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in defence sector.  Afghan General for Logistics, General Afzal was also present on this occasion.

Rana Tanvir said Pakistan is desirous for a peaceful Afghanistan. He said steps being taken by new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are commendable. The Afghan military officers expressed their willingness for greater cooperation with Pakistan. INP adds: Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zakaullah has said that foreign naval delegates attending IDEAS14 international defence exhibition are impressed with naval floats.

Talking to media persons after visiting the exhibition, the naval chief said Pakistan navy has made many state of the art simulators and was involved in the construction of naval battle ship with the cooperation of Turkey.

He said the navy was also successful in the construction of F-22 frigate with the cooperation of China at its shipyard.  The naval chief said the defence exhibition has projected the positive image of Pakistan and lot of people shown interest in our products.