NA panel satisfied with PN’s preparedness to protect CPEC, Gwadar Port

KARACHI, Oct 19 (APP): The Chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence, Shaikh Rohale Asghar, has expressed satisfaction over the operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy for the protection of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port projects.

A 10-member delegation of the NA’s standing committee during a three-day visit to facilities and installations of Pakistan Navy, assured its full support to Pakistan Navy for its future development plans to safeguard country’s maritime interests, said ISPR statement here on Wednesday.

The delegation visited Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works and the headquarters of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

During the visit, briefings were given to the committee on the emerging contemporary challenges in the region, Pakistan Navy’s role in safeguarding the country’s
maritime interests and role of various Pakistan Navy Commands.

The committee was also briefed on the ship and submarine repair capabilities and indigenisation programmes of Pakistan Navy.

Later, the committee undertook detailed visit to Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara, where they were briefed on various development projects.

Besides, the committee was also briefed on Pakistan Navy’s contributions towards nation-building through initiatives for special empowerment of coastal communities residing along the Makran Coastal belt.

During the visit to the Cadet College Ormara, where 50 per cent of the cadets are from Balochistan whose education is free, the committee members were apprised of the quality education and training being provided to the cadets.

Similarly, during the visit to 100-bed hospital PNS DARMAAN JAH, the committee was briefed about the quality health-care facilities provided to the local population in addition to Pakistan Navy personnel.

Later, the committee visited Gwadar Port where it was briefed on the importance of Gwadar Port for CPEC project and the effective measures Pakistan Navy has taken for the maritime security of the port and its seaward approaches.

The committee also witnessed the exercises of Pakistan Navy at sea off Gwadar onboard Pakistan Navy ship Zulfiqar.