ISLAMABAD: On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to provide the Pakistan Navy with all the means to deal with impending threats as he expressed confidence in his ability to protect the country’s maritime borders.
Mr. Khan said this during his visit to the Naval Headquarters, where he was briefed on the maritime security issues and the perspective of the Pakistan Navy on the maritime sector’s progress.
“The Prime Minister gratefully acknowledged the Pakistan Navy’s discipline and operational readiness. The Prime Minister expressed full faith in the preparedness of the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the sea boundaries of the region, the PN media directorate said in a statement.7
In his remarks, the Prime Minister made special note of the commitment of the navy to securing the coast of the country, the port of Gwadar and the CPEC ventures.
Traditionally, threats to Pakistan’s maritime stability have come from arch-rival India. However, due to Chinese participation in Gwadar Port and the launch of CPEC, the threats have risen as India finds China’s existence a danger to its interest. India is also believed to have stepped up its operations to sabotage the project in the area surrounding Gwadar.
“Pakistan Navy’s contribution to regional maritime security by contributing to international efforts and taking own initiatives” was noted by the Prime Minister, PN media directorate.
Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, chief of naval staff, thanked PM Khan for restoring trust in the navy and assured him that, both during peace and war, he will continue to protect the country’s sea boundaries and maritime interests.