ISLAMABAD  - South Korea on Friday offered Pakistan assistance to build new shipyards at Karachi and Gwadar. The offer has been given by the Korean authorities to Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain who is visiting South Korea on invitation of Defence Minister Korea Gen (Retd) Kim Tae Young.

According to the ministry of defence, the Korean defence minister held key meeting with minister for defence production in which he thanked Pakistan for always standing by Korea since 1950s when it was faced with wars. Korea, he said, is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in all the fields of defence production. He commended the recent stride in the defence industry of Pakistan and expressed hope for larger and greater avenues of joint collaboration.

Korean officials have also shown keen interest in the second shipyard being built in Pakistan. They have offered assistance to build the new shipyards at Karachi and Gwadar. Pakistan has appreciated their desire and has asked the Korean authorities to look into it favourably. Besides Korea showed interest in the ammunition, shipping and aircraft industries and offered further avenues of collaboration.

Pakistan also appraised the Koreans of the new B-7 level APCs being indigenously built in Pakistan. "We have by the Grace of Allah Almighty been able to develop one of the best B-7 protection vehicles," Tanveer said. He also added that the strides in communication systems by Pakistan is significant, however if Korea and Pakistan further collaborate, it will emerge as one of the best radio telecom systems.