Maintaining defence sovereignty our top most priority: Naval Chief

KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abassi has said that safeguarding national interests and maintaining defense sovereignty are top most priorities of the government.

Addressing the passing out parade of 109th midshipmen and 18th short service course at Pakistan Naval academy in Karachi on Saturday, he said establishment of regional maritime patrols has been decided which will help in controlling piracy, smuggling and terrorism in oceans.

He said Pakistan is peace loving country and desires peaceful coexistence with neighbors but its desire for peace should not be taken as its weakness.

He said Pakistan Navy is well aware emerging challenges and fully capable to affectively deal with it.

He said security of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port will be ensured and task force 88 has been established in this regard.

He said Pakistan Navy is being strengthening on modern lines technologically. Earlier commandant Pakistan Naval academy commodore Syed Faisal Hameed in his address presented the performance of academy.