Defence minister pledges full support for Navy’s development plans


Defence Minister Naveed Qamar svisited the Naval Headquarter (NHQs) on Tuesday and was received by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila.
Naveed was briefed on the prevalent Maritime Security situation. He was apprised on the Navy’s efforts to maintain stability and peace in the region, despite resource constraints. The minister was apprised about the importance of participation in international efforts against crimes at sea. He was told that the Navy will take over the command of the Anti-Piracy Force TF-151 in December this year.
The minister was briefed on the Navy’s developmental plans and budgetary constraints effecting their realisation. The minister was also apprised of the Navy’s nation building efforts in the coastal areas of Balochistan and Sindh provinces. A project of building a cadet college at Ormara was also highlighted that would start its first academic session in April 2013.
The minister said that the government would provide all possible support to Pakistan Navy to materialise its developmental plans. He appreciated the Navy’s initiatives at the regional and international levels through participation in task forces to curb the menace of piracy and terrorism.