Pak Navy playing important role for country’s defence: CM

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan Navy is playing an important role for the protection of maritime interests of the country as well as in education and health sectors within its limited resources.

He was addressing the inaugural session of the first 2-day International Maritime Symposium arranged by Pakistan Navy War College at Naval War Complex Walton Road, here on Wednesday.

Chief of Navel Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Advisor on Health Kh Salman Rafique, Secretary Information as well as retired and in-service officers of Pakistan Navy were present.

He said that Pakistan Navy had always displayed courage and valor in safeguarding national interests which was a matter of pride for the whole nation.

He said officers and Jawans of armed forces including Navy, Army and Air Force were rendering commendable services towards safeguarding the country and they were brave sons of Pakistan.

He said maritime security was of vital importance and there was a need for promoting research and development in this sector.

The chief minister said that the symposium was of vital importance with regard to maritime security and useful proposals and recommendations had been put forward in the session which would be helpful in promotion of maritime sector.

He said that it was time to evolve a national agenda for moving ahead and these policies should not change with the change in government.

The chief minister gave souvenirs to navel officers at the end of the ceremony.

Chief of Navel Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila presented souvenir to the chief minister.

Shahbaz Sharif also recorded his impressions in the visitors’ book.

The symposium was also addressed by retired naval officers who highlighted the services of Pakistan Navy in safeguarding maritime boundaries as well as aims and objectives of the symposium.