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Islamabad: Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif along with Federal Ministers visited Naval Headquarters, Islamabad. Upon arrival, Prime Minister was welcomed by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Naveed Ashraf and was presented Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out naval contingent. The Prime Minister also laid a floral wreath at the Shuhada monument and afterwards was introduced to the Principal Staff Officers of Naval Headquarters.

During the meeting, matters pertaining to the Regional Maritime Security milieu and operational readiness of the Pakistan Navy were discussed. Naval Chief apprised the Prime Minister on roles, capabilities and future modernization plans of Pakistan Navy.

Later on a detailed briefing was presented by Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) on the prevailing maritime environment, challenges being faced by Pakistan Navy and response by Pakistan Navy to meet the challenges. The PM was especially apprised about the capability requirements of Pakistan Navy to meet the current and future challenges being faced by the country in the maritime domain. The dignitary was also apprised of measures to benefit from economic prospects of the maritime sector. The PM appreciated the services of Pakistan Navy to safeguard the maritime interest of the country despite limited resources. He especially appreciated the professional response of the Pakistan Navy to foil the recent terrorist attack on Naval Airbase Turbat. The Prime Minister stressed that a strong economy holds the key to meet all the challenges faced by the country. Towards the end, the Prime Minister also visited the Command Operations Centre of Pakistan Navy.

The Naval Chief thanked the Prime Minister for his visit and reposing his confidence in the Navy. He also assured that Pakistan Navy with the help of Allah SWT will continue to defend the country’s sea frontiers & maritime interests and will shoulder the responsibilities with honour both during peace and war.