IDEAS 2018: Pakistan set to open 10th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar in Karachi


KARACHI – Pakistan will kick off the 10th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2018 in the Sindh capital tomorrow (Nov. 27).

The four-day event, at the Expo Centre in Karachi, is exclusively for trade visitors and official defence delegates.

It will showcase a number of activities encompassing world’s advanced defence technology demonstrations, an international seminar, three conferences by Pakistan Armed Forces, IDEAS Karachi Show, counter-terrorism demo, networking, and business expansions through business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) engagements.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat will be the keynote speaker.

The exhibition will be attended by 262 high-level delegations from 51 countries, according to officials of the Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO).

China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Jordon, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, and the United States are establishing more than 520 stalls at the expo…

‘Arms for Peace’

Another significance of IDEAS 2018 is the holding of exclusive land, maritime and aviation conferences by Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force respectively. The conferences will be hosted by the respective service chiefs.

In order to specially mark the 10th edition of IDEAS 2018, the Ministry of Pakistan Postal Services would issue a commemorative postal stamp of Rs10. These tickets will be available for sale from November 27 at major post offices. In addition, two Russian Naval Ships are also visiting Pakistan for port call during the exhibition.

New inventions of Pakistan’s defence industry through Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Global Industrial Solutions, Military Vehicles Research and Development Establishment, Shibli Electronics, Universal Smart Military Systems and Daudson Armoury will also be inaugurated and showcased during the exhibition.

Moreover, IDEAS Karachi Show has been planned especially for the people of Karachi on November 29 at Nishan e Pakistan, Sea View. In addition, November 30 has exclusively been reserved for public visits.

Over 300 traffic policemen will be deployed during the expo, according to a plan by Sindh Police. University Road will be open for traffic throughout the four-day exhibition.


However, traffic from Hassan Square to the National Stadium will be closed from 7am on November 27. The roads from Dalmia to Karsaz and New Town will remain open but the Hassan Square Flyover will be closed.

Heavy traffic will not be allowed to use the road from Nipa to Millennium Mall and Karsaz to Hassan Square.

Parking around the Expo Centre is not allowed and residents of the area will only be allowed to enter by showing their national identity cards.


The national flag carrier, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is the official travel partner for IDEAS 2018.