Naval chief visits Quaid’s Mausoleum on maiden trip to Karachi

KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Thursday visited Karachi, his first trip after assuming charge of the Pakistan Navy.

According to a Pakistan Navy spokesperson, the naval chief paid a visit to the Quaid’s Mausoleum. He offered fateha, laid a floral wreath and recorded his message in the visitor’s book, the spokesperson added.

On Tuesday, Admiral Abbasi called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the GHQ in Rawalpindi.

A statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations stated that the two discussed matters of professional interest and the army chief congratulated Admiral Zafar on assuming command of Pakistan Navy.

On arrival at the GHQ, the naval chief also laid a floral wreath on the Martyr’s Monument.

Admiral Abbasi later called on General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Chaklala Garrison, Rawalpindi.

General Hayat commended the professionalism and commitment of Pakistan Navy and lauded their performance in maritime security as well as the war against terrorism.

On Monday, the newly-promoted CNS called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the PM Office in Islamabad.

The prime minister congratulated Admiral Abbasi on assuming the office of naval chief and expressed confidence that Pakistan Navy would further progress under his able command.

Admiral Abbasi was appointed as the 16th CNS on October 6, taking the command from Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah.

Admiral Abbasi took commission in the Pakistan Navy’s operations branch in 1981. He received his initial education from Royal Naval College Dartmouth.

For his 39-year extensive services to the navy, he has also been conferred the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (military).