Trade with outside world mainly dependent on sea: Prime Minister attends Shamsheer-e-Behr IV

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KARACHI : Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said while our government is making sincere and all-out efforts for attaining lasting peace through dialogue and negotiations, it is of equal importance that the armed forces maintain credible deterrence and remain prepared against any aggression against our motherland.

He was speaking at the inaugural session of the Exercise Shamsheer-e-Behr at PNS Jauhar here. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Tariq Majeed, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, Air Chief Marshal Rao Suleman Qamar, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah were also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister said he was pleased to know that Shamsheer-e-Behr series of war game has been instituted as a regular feature.He pointed out that importance of the war games needs no emphasis as they constitute an essential ingredient of military planning. The war games, Gilani added, allow the military commanders to take real stock of new imperatives on ground and undertake critical review of old doctrines and tactics.He said these exercises also provide a forum to develop new concepts of war fighting through extensive brain storming and meeting the existing and upcoming challenges. The Prime Minister said that as a self-respecting nation we consider no sacrifice too great to secure the ideals of freedom and prosperity of the people. He stated that in spite of resource constraints, the government has the priority to meet requirements of the armed forces.Gilani said he was glad to note that the exercise Shamsheer-e-Behr IV has been designed on realistic settings and taking into account the emerging realities. He stated that support of the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force for the maritime operations is well articulated in the war games.

The Prime Minister was sure that the lessons learnt from the exercise would be taken note of and further refined to formulate an effective and responsive Naval strategy in the future. He said we are all aware of the importance of the sea for the economic well being of a maritime nation. Gilani said that this is also significant for
Pakistan because our trade with the outside world is sea dependent. He stated that Pakistan Navy is fully capable of maintaining our maritime interests.

The Prime Minister also pointed towards its unique geo-strategic location and said that
Pakistan considers it an obligation to secure our area of responsibility from all sorts of threats. Gilani said the development of Gwadar Port and Coastal Highway and road network connecting the coastal cities will give impetus to the economic activities and process of development. He assured that government will provide all resources required for safeguarding Pakistan s maritime interests.


Courtesy: Business Recorder

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