Pakistan needs ‘whole of nation approach’ to counter multiple challenges: Alvi

KARACHI, Sep 02 (APP):President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said Pakistan was facing multitude of internal and external challenges which necessitated a `whole of nation approach’.

Underlining the significance of war games in military planning process, he expressed his desire to see valuable lessons and recommendations at the end of war game.

He was speaking as chief guest here at the opening session of Pakistan Navy war game Shamsheer-e-Bahr VII and logistic exercise Tarseel-e-Bahar II, a Pakistan Navy press release said.

President Alvi appreciated the realistic stocktaking and thought provoking presentations by force commanders, which would help in crystallizing plans for maritime security and seaward defence of Pakistan.

He particularly emphasized Pakistan’s increasing relevance in the backdrop of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and operationalization of Gwadar port.

While underscoring the fact that economic well-being of Pakistan was linked with the freedom of navigation through seas, President Alvi said,”Prosperity of our people is intrinsically linked to the security of our Sea Lines of Communication which would add to the responsibilities of Pakistan Navy in ensuring unhindered flow of traffic in our waters.”