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The 8th biennial International Defence E­xhib­ition and Seminar (IDEAS 2014) began at the Karachi Expo Centre on Dec 1, and 88 delegations from 47 countries are taking part in it.

A visitor checks a rifle on display. — Reuters
A visitor checks a rifle on display. — Reuters
A soldier (R) with a monitor mounted on his back, linked to a camera on a gun (unseen), is shown to visitors during the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar. — Reuters
A soldier (R) with a monitor mounted on his back, linked to a camera on a gun (unseen), is shown to visitors during the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar. — Reuters
Visitors stand next to the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet during the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar "Ideas 2014" in Karachi December 2, 2014. — Reuters
Visitors stand next to the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet during the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar "Ideas 2014" in Karachi December 2, 2014. — Reuters
Pakistani women navy officers pose for photos.— Reuters
Pakistani women navy officers pose for photos.— Reuters
A Pakistan army soldier stands guard near a combat aircraft, jointly developed by China and Pakistan, displayed at Ideas 2014, in Karachi. — AP
A Pakistan army soldier stands guard near a combat aircraft, jointly developed by China and Pakistan, displayed at Ideas 2014, in Karachi. — AP
A visitor stands next to armoured mannequins in front of a Pakistani tank Al-Zarrar on display. — Reuters
A visitor stands next to armoured mannequins in front of a Pakistani tank Al-Zarrar on display. — Reuters
Pakistanis look at a tank displayed at Ideas. — AP
Pakistanis look at a tank displayed at Ideas. — AP
A visitor points a rocket launcher, attached with a laser censor, as he takes aim at a target. — Reuters
A visitor points a rocket launcher, attached with a laser censor, as he takes aim at a target. — Reuters
A visitor poses with a rifle on display for a photograph. — Reuters
A visitor poses with a rifle on display for a photograph. — Reuters
A foreign visitor reads a brochure while sitting at a booth displaying rockets. — Reuters
A foreign visitor reads a brochure while sitting at a booth displaying rockets. — Reuters
A soldier (R) takes a picture of a fellow soldier with a mobile phone. — Reuters
A soldier (R) takes a picture of a fellow soldier with a mobile phone. — Reuters
Visitors look at a model of a Pakistan-made unmanned aircraft, or drone. — AFP
Visitors look at a model of a Pakistan-made unmanned aircraft, or drone. — AFP
Visitors look at an Al-Khalid battle tank. — AFP
Visitors look at an Al-Khalid battle tank. — AFP
Visitors walk past a model of a PAC JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft. — AFP
Visitors walk past a model of a PAC JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft. — AFP
Delegates visit an exhibit from China. — AFP
Delegates visit an exhibit from China. — AFP

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Ahmed Dec 03, 2014 01:03pm

Let's hope it productive. Heard about then negotiations going in between PAC and then Nigerian airforce for the JF 17. It will be a landmark contract if it proceeds.

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Yakoob Dec 03, 2014 01:08pm

Arms do nothing but 'KILL'!!! Let us work on making this Blessed Earth a good decent & peaceful place without Misery (Poverty, Hunger, Disease Etc.). Only Un-educated people would say that 'Arms are for Peace'!!!!

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Aisha Dec 03, 2014 01:19pm

Awesome

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Moosa Dec 03, 2014 02:03pm

Oxymoron - Arms for Peace

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Moosa Dec 03, 2014 02:05pm

Good stuff but the traffic havoc it caused...damn! They should move the Expo facility to some remote area so that it doesnt disturb the people going to offices, universities, schools, hospitals.

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hafeezullah Dec 03, 2014 02:18pm

Please do some thing for advancement in healing technologies, we have made atomic bomb but could not launch a communication satelite, how strange. we have developed fighter jet but no Polio vaccin, what a contradiction.

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pakwatan Dec 03, 2014 02:21pm

@Yakoob good wish if other side of border know this thing.

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Rizwan Dec 03, 2014 02:22pm

arms never bring peace

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Saghair Dec 03, 2014 02:41pm

Arms do nothing but 'KILL'!!! Let us work on making this Blessed Earth a good decent & peaceful place without Misery (Poverty, Hunger, Disease Etc.). Only Un-educated people would say that 'Arms are for Peace'!!!!

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Karachite Dec 03, 2014 03:03pm

Arms are the cause of destruction of peace..they never bring peace.

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Farhan Dec 03, 2014 03:28pm

@Karachite I wish all that budget could be used to eradicate polio from our country

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azhar Dec 03, 2014 04:39pm

Arms for peace! Well, tell me more about it

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zak Dec 03, 2014 05:05pm

@Yakoob better caption, 'arms for defense'.

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OzzY Dec 03, 2014 06:30pm

This exhibition is simply brilliant... Pakistan at its best..

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naveen biddappa Dec 03, 2014 07:17pm

Lets race to the finish. ..... ARMS race what a pity two hungry nations and a race IRONIC

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khan007 Dec 03, 2014 07:28pm

Every one feels at home surrounded by all these alms... the look of satisfaction in every ones eyes when they see equipment's that can destroy ... call them to an exhibition on non destructive science.. every one will stay at home

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Moiz Omar Dec 03, 2014 07:57pm

I love these kind of exhibitions. They are so awesome.

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Ali Akbar Dec 03, 2014 11:13pm

excellent

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Ali Dec 03, 2014 11:49pm

@ Moosa - only to you. Sometime you need arms to obtain peace and freedom.

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Ali Dec 03, 2014 11:51pm

Good work Pakistan. A stronger Pakistan will bring peace to the region as stronger China at peace with India.

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anony Dec 04, 2014 01:47am

Awesome exhibition. Pakistan zindabad.

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Jalaluddin S. Hussain Dec 04, 2014 08:09am

Pakistan needs economic, social and educational progress not "arms for peace". This "eat-grass mentality but built nuclear power", will only help the big corporations and weapons industries

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Anon Dec 04, 2014 08:20am

@Yakoob Unfortunately, not all agree with your view. That is why we have war.

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rehan Dec 04, 2014 08:48am

I could not visit but from what I saw on Media , it was a great exhibition indeed. Yes, we definitely need to be well armed if we want peace.

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rehmat Gulzar Dec 04, 2014 09:08am

Very amazing pictures and stuff

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rehmat Gulzar Dec 04, 2014 09:10am

very amazing photography and i love to visit this place soon to see all the air crafts and guns with my naked eye.

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thavaseelan Dec 04, 2014 10:08am

Arms of distruction

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ram Dec 04, 2014 11:02am

what a pity. Could have used it for their poverty and polio.

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Imran Dec 04, 2014 11:10am

@Yakoob hope the world shares the same onderful views as yours, arms for peace is a concept to protect precious lives snd to defend the sovereignty of nations.

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Imran Dec 04, 2014 11:14am

As important as your wonderful dream, arms are necessary to protect precious lives and defend nations.

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Tauqeer Dec 04, 2014 01:47pm

@Farhan It is not a matter of budget but security which restricts polio vaccination campaigns!

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white noise Dec 04, 2014 05:32pm

its time to see Lord of War again...

there is no such thing as weapon for peace... something made to kill cannot bring peace... but it does bring huge $$s to someone ...

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janjua Dec 04, 2014 06:04pm

@Yakoob

A strong defense system to survive in this word is very crucial. If your neighbour is making lethal weapons and you will be thinking to make the world peaceful. We must have strong defense system other wise we will be facing miserable situation like palastine.

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Shakeel Dec 04, 2014 07:20pm

@hafeezullah Polio vaccines have existed since since 1950's, you don't need to invent them again. Also what relevance does this have to private companies who develop weapons?

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ahsan7979 Dec 05, 2014 07:40am

Can believe non sense some are uttering here about arms are not for peace. I would love to hear their views about strategic balance...

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karachi@hotmail.com Dec 05, 2014 10:32am

Education is the best weapon!! spread that please.....

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RKT Dec 05, 2014 12:28pm

Made in China nothing indigenous ???

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Trigger happy Singh Dec 05, 2014 01:04pm

it always stumps me when arms merchants say they are building weapons for peace.

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Tahir Dec 05, 2014 02:12pm

The location is too bad for such kind of exhibition. It adds oil to fire for those already suffering a lot from VIP movements and other blockades.

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A Khan Dec 05, 2014 10:40pm

agree

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nazim haji Dec 06, 2014 06:22am

There should be a balance between human development and defense. A body suffering from cancer clothed in fancy armour doesn't make sense !

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Paki Baba Dec 06, 2014 11:13am

@Ahmed Hmm.. A jet made in China which is primarily built using Russian supplied hardware is in return supplied to Pakistan in knocked down condition to be only assembled is having a dealer with Nigeria to sell it? We have bit long values chain involved here !

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rehan Dec 10, 2014 08:54am

@thavaseelan Of course , India can hoard as many weapons as it wants but if Pakistan even talks about weapons , it's "destruction" . Wake up troll and get a life.

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SHUJJA Dec 10, 2014 12:22pm

I wish man never had develop these weapons.. the world would have been a much more secure place to live. Million of innocent lifes have been shed. human being are killing other humans. what a waste of time, money, and scared lifes...

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