KARACHI – Pakistan Navy has deployed PNS Tughril in the Gulf of Aden near Yemeni coast to ensure safety and security of merchant ships carrying shipments to and from Pakistani ports due to the prevailing maritime situation in the Middle East.
A spokesperson of Pakistan Navy said the naval force is committed to ensure freedom of navigation on high seas and safety of international sea lanes of communication besides safeguarding national maritime interests and trade through sea.
Pakistan Navy is cognizant of its national obligation to maintain rule based order in the region, he said.
Earlier, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf chaired the Command & Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad.
Matters related to national security, geo strategic affairs, combat readiness and training of troops were discussed. The conference assessed the evolving maritime situation in the region due to ongoing conflict in Middle East.
Under the prevailing maritime situation in the Middle East, deployment of PN Ship for the protection of Pakistan's merchant ships was discussed. Progress on PN projects including future plans was also reviewed and way forward was deliberated.
The Naval chief emphasised on maintaining perpetual combat readiness to effectively thwart any aggression against Pakistan.
Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.
On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.
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