Success of CPEC linked to Gwadar, says naval chief

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah said that the overall success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) hinges on the development of Gwadar port.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Admiral Zakaullah who visited Gwadar the other day was briefed regarding the ongoing operational activities and associated security aspects at the port, particularly with respect to the CPEC. He inspected the naval installations around Gwadar and inspected the operational readiness of Pakistan Navy units deployed in the area.

He expressed Pakistan Navy’s resolve to ensure the seaward defence of vital maritime infrastructure and protect maritime interests of Pakistan against all threats. He reiterated that development of the Gwadar port will be the lynchpin for the overall success of the CPEC.

While talking to the officers and servicemen of Pakistan Navy, the admiral applauded their professionalism and dedication in safeguarding the maritime frontiers of the country. He expressed his satisfaction on the port security measures and operational preparedness of the Pakistan Navy in their area of responsibility.

Upon his arrival, the admiral was received by Commander Coast Rear Admiral Waseem Akram, the ISPR said. Later in the day, he held an informal interaction with navy officers and servicemen, the military’s media wing added.

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