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Pakistan opens defense exhibit with over a dozen countries

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is hosting a four-day defense exhibition, an international show with over a dozen countries displaying their latest defense weapons. Archrival India is not participating.

President Arif Alvi opened the show on Tuesday in the port city of Karachi, the scene of a deadly attack on the Chinese Consulate last week.

Alvi lauded his country’s “high-tech defense production,” insisting Pakistan seeks a peaceful resolution to all regional disputes and inviting India to come to the “peace table.”

The event, organized by the Pakistani military and entitled “IDEAS 2018,” includes a defense seminar with 262 delegations from 51 countries attending.

The event’s spokesman, Tariq Javed, said major exporters of defense technology — such as United States, China, Russia, South Korea and others — have their individual pavilions at the Karachi exhibition.

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