Pakistan Navy raises dedicated Naval Task Force for protection of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Gwadar Port

Karachi, December 13, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Navy raises the dedicated Naval Task Force for protection of CPEC and Gwadar Port. Aiming to ensure security of Gwadar Port and CPEC in maritime domain, Pakistan Navy raises the Task Force-88 at Gwadar, today. The Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat was the Chief Guest of the Ceremony. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah received the Chief Guest on his arrival.

While addressing the ceremony, the Joint Chief lauded the initiative taken by Pakistan Navy in raising a dedicated Task Force for maritime security of CPEC. He said that the initiative by Pakistan Navy would contribute significantly towards the success of CPEC. The Chairman also acknowledged the role being played by Pakistan Navy in ensuring safe and secure maritime environment which is an essential pre-requisite for maritime economy to flourish. ‘The role of Pakistan Navy is deeply embedded in the maritime operationalization of CPEC as it will be required to shoulder greater responsibilities to ensure protection of growing maritime trade and to provide security to our sea lanes’, He underlined.

Earlier in his address, Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Operations, said that viability and assured dividends of CPEC related projects are intrinsically linked with the security of maritime domain. Therefore, providing security to CPEC on land as well as making its maritime prong safe is vital for the projects’ success. In this regard, ensuring maritime security remains an important responsibility of Pakistan Navy which is set to grow in the coming years. Accordingly, Pakistan Navy is gearing up to meet this challenge.

Earlier, during his welcome address, Chairman GPA thanked Pakistan Navy for ensuring security of Gwadar Port and highlighted the importance of Gwadar Port for the prosperity of Pakistan. The Chairman also handed over the traditional Command Telescope to the first Commander of Task Force-88, Commodore Muhammad Waris, on the occasion. The Ceremony was attended by Federal Ministers, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan and other Civil, Military and Foreign Dignitaries.

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