ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak on Thursday assured Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi of the government’s resolve to strengthen and enhance the capability of the armed forces, so as to effectively cope with prevailing challenges and ensure the foolproof defence of the national frontiers.
The CNS had called on Khattak at Islamabad on Thursday to felicitated the minister for assuming the office of the Defence Minister. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest and Pakistan Navy’s role in regional maritime security and Indian Ocean region were also discussed.
The minister also expressed his confidence that under the able command of Admiral Abbasi, Pakistan Navy would emerge as a strong force to meet any challenge in the maritime domain. The CNS briefed the minister on the current developments in the region and apprised him of the operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy. He highlighted that the Pakistan Navy was well prepared to meet any challenge and ensure the defence of the maritime frontiers of the country.
Moreover, the CNS while was chairing Command and Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy made an overall appraisal of the prevalent security environment and once again expressed his utmost confidence over the operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy in the prevalent maritime challenges including security aspects.
The Naval Chief lauded the morale and motivation of troops at all levels.
Command and Staff Conference is the apex decision making body of the Pakistan Navy in which all Chiefs of Staff, Principal Staff Officers (PSO) and Field Commanders undertake a review of Pakistan Navy’s policies, plans and operational preparedness. Detailed briefings on various ongoing and future Pakistan Navy projects and plans were given to the CNS.
Special prayers and Fateha were offered for Shuhada and national heroes including PN martyrs, who laid their precious lives in the line of duty.
The naval chief reaffirmed Pakistan Navy’s commitment towards “Green Pakistan” initiative of the government and directed the commanders to make every effort to protect the country’s environment by tree plantation Campaigns.