KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed the confidence that defence cooperation between Pakistan and China will further strengthen in the interest of peace and stability in the region.
He was addressing the induction ceremony of the indigenously-developed PNS Aslt frigate in Pakistan Navy in Karachi on Tuesday. The frigate has been developed with the assistance of China.
The prime minister said Pakistan’s strategic location could only be exploited to its advantage through development of maritime sector.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan Navy is effectively defending the country and acting as a source of security for international trade plying off the country’s coast. He said landed the efforts of Pakistan Navy’s in combating international terrorism and piracy despite limited number of ships.
The Prime Minister acknowledged Chinese cooperation in development of Gwadar Deep Water Port. He said the port has strengthened the maritime infrastructure in Pakistan and opened new vistas of economic growth and prosperity in Balochistan. NNI