Maritime operationalization of CPEC to tremendously increase Pakistan Navy’s responsibilities: Naval chief

Lahore: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi has said that maritime operationalization of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will tremendously increase Pakistan Navy’s responsibilities.

According to a statement issued by Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi made these remarks addressing the Convocation ceremony of 50th Pakistan Navy Staff Course as Chief Guest held at Pakistan Navy War College (PNWC), Lahore.

Admiral Niazi emphasised the officers to be prepared for abrupt and unforeseen changes like COVID-19 which has impacted all facets of life and challenged the traditional concept of security.

The Naval chief underlined key global trends and changes taking place in geo politics, national security, demographics and technological dimensions.

While dwelling on the power politics in Indian Ocean Region, the Naval Chief highlighted that prevailing hegemonic fantasies and rapidly shifting maritime landscape in the region demanded vigilance, sustained professional development and combat readiness.

On the occasion, Master Degrees were conferred to 82 graduates, comprising 54 officers from Pakistan Navy, four from Pak Army, five from Pakistan Air Force and 19 officers from friendly countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Earlier, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College gave a rundown of various professional and academic activities undertaken by the participants while highlighting the significant aspects of the course and challenges posed by COVID-19.