Lahore, May 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): Aiming to provide an academic forum for decision makers, academia and other stake holders to engage in intellectual discourse on issues pertaining to Pakistan’s Maritime interests, potential and its security imperatives.
Pakistan Navy War College (PNWC) holds a two days International Maritime Symposium which is first ever of its kind in North Region. Chief Minister Punjab Mr Shahbaz Sharif was the Chief Guest of first session of the symposium.
While addressing the symposium, the Chief Guest appreciated Pakistan Navy for introducing people of this region with, the amazing potential of Pakistan’s expansive maritime sector. He said that “in the past, development of our immensely important maritime sector has been grossly ignored and we failed to extract the benefits that this wonderful gift of nature offers. We kept relegating our seas to the degree of least significance in our list of priorities and consequently our maritime domain kept regressing”.
He said that our country’s irrevocable dependence on sea, without which day to day business and functioning of our industries would cease, makes it imperative to start giving due importance to our maritime domain including country’s shipping industry, mercantile fleet, port infrastructure as well as increase our wherewithal to protect our sea lines.
Earlier the former Naval Chief Admiral M A Tahir also addressed the symposium and was assertive of the fact that Pakistan Navy has come a long way from being a defensive arm of national security architecture to transform into a force of reckoning.
Its reach, endurance and strategic firepower have all seen a spike over the past decade. Its professionalism has too come to earn acknowledgement with conduct of operations in multinational coalitions.
The Admiral also said that ‘globalization relies on shipping and Indian Ocean accounts for one half of the entire world’s container traffic for which our country is on the mercy of foreign sources and this places a huge premium on national resources. He added that there is a dire need to expand public private shipping and collaboration to lift strategic national goods particularly all important commodities like POL and LNG.
During his welcome address, the Commandant PN War College apprised the audience that this symposium is an opportunity to reflect on issues related to maritime sector and instruments of its security and symposium will help in creating awareness and enable policy makers to take right decisions across the maritime domain especially for our economic and national security.
The symposium was attended by a large number of senior Naval Officers, officers from sister service, national and international dignitaries and renowned scholars.
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