Pakistan

KARACHI (Web Desk) – Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah has expressed the commitment to ensure protection of Gwadar Port “against all asymmetric threats under the prevalent precarious internal and external security environment.”


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According to Pakistan Navy, the admiral Saturday visited naval units and forward bases along the Makran coast, including Jinnah Naval Base in Ormara and other units in Pasni, Gwadar and Jiwani, to witness operational readiness of these units during the ongoing major maritime exercise SEASPARK 15.

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During his visit to the Gwadar Port, the naval chief was given detailed briefing on the ongoing operational activities at coastal stations, a statement issued by Pakistan Navy said.

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The naval chief said Gwadar was cardinal to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and sea routes connecting Gwadar with international markets were extension of the CPEC.

He added that providing a safe and secure environment both on land and at sea was essential for smooth functioning of the Gwadar Port and accruing desired socio-economic benefits of the CPEC.

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Pakistan Navy is fully ready and capable of defending these important sea lanes and one of the objectives of SEASPARK 15 is to assess operational preparedness to undertake this key task, the statement quoted the naval chief as saying.