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PN ready to foil any threat: naval chief

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila Tuesday has said that Pakistan Navy is ready to meet any challenges and working on plans to further enhance combat potential of the naval force within limited resources.
“We are keeping our eyes and ears open to any misadventure and to emerging challenges in the region,” the naval chief said while talking to newsmen here at Naval Headquarters. At the same time, the naval chief said that Gwadar Port is vital to give a boost to country’s economy.
Earlier, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Hassham said that unrest in Balochistan is cause of concern not only for the nation and also for Pakistan Navy. He said that increasing US-India nexus was posing new challenges in the region. He said that challenges for Pakistan Navy would increase in view of
India’s plan to become biggest blue waters Navy by equipping its Navy with 50 warships, 22 conventional and five nuclear submarines in the next 10 to 15 years. It would also dimensions of new security outlook.
The senior naval official said the new National Maritime Policy has been approved by the Ministry of Defence and is processed to the government for final nod. He said the existing submarine is insufficient in view of 7,500 kilometres long Indian coastline.
He informed the audience that Pakistan Navy this year receives 9/6% share from the total defence budget. To a question, he admitted that there were some loopholes in security of Mehran Base, Karachi but following the incident some foolproof security arrangements had been made at all the basis.
He said Pakistan is paying $4.5 billion annually to foreign ship companies for sea freight service and the same foreign exchange could be saved if proper attention is paid.

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