Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Naval Chief visits naval ships of countries participating in Multi-National Exercise AMAN-2019

The 5-day Multi-National Maritime Exercises AMAN-2019, hosted by Pakistan Navy continued on third-day today and various activities were performed on the last day of Harbor Exercise Phase.

According to a spokesman of Pakistan Navy, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi visited the naval ships of participating countries including Britain, Turkey, China, Australia, Malaysia, Oman, Italy and Sri-Lanka.

During the visit the Naval Chief also met with the commanding officers and personnel of the naval ships.

The Naval Chief thanked them for their participation in exercise AMAN-19 and for the promotion of mutual cooperation.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also met with the heads of the delegation of multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-19 in Karachi today.

Talking to the delegation, Sindh Chief Minister said that the purpose to hold this exercise is to promote peace in Indian Ocean.

He also lauded the efforts of Pakistan Navy for organizing and hosting such a grand event.

Speaking at the conference held on the occasion of Amman 19 exercise, Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq highlighted the contemporary maritime security challenges.

Admiral William Owens Former Vice Chairman United States Joint Chief of Staff stressed upon facilitating peace and cooperation among nations.

Commander Task Force, PLA (N) China Senior Captain Shao Shuguang expressed his desire to keep the Indian Ocean stable in wake of non-traditional security threats at sea where interests of multiple stakeholders converge.

Last speaker of the first session was Commander of Turkish North Task Group Rear Admiral Mehmet Cen Okyay. He said  that freedom of high seas is the core principle for maritime commerce and shipping.

Dr Nazery Khalid, Head of Group Corporate, Boustead Heavy Industries, Malaysia was the keynote speaker who explicated opportunities for development of a blue economy in the Indian Ocean littorals. He was followed by Vice Admiral (R) lftikhar Ahmed who was of the opinion that CPEC will make Gwadar an unparalleled hub of economic activities.