Defence relations between Pakistan and the State of Qatar are strengthening as a result of the defence co-operation agreement signed between the two countries in 2010, says Pakistan embassy defence attaché Commodore Zafar Mansour Tipu.
“Our relations are time-tested and the signing of the DCA has been a milestone in our security and defence co-operation,” he said while speaking to media-persons aboard PNS Khaibar, the Pakistan Navy destroyer visiting Qatar as part of the Exercise Ferocious Falcon (3) currently underway.
Commodore Tipu added, “Our relations are based on mutual trust, respect and understanding. These relations have been the cornerstone of our co-operation in various fields, including the support extended by Pakistan to the development of the Qatari armed forces.”
PNS Khaibar commanding officer Captain Faisal Abbasi highlighted the objective behind PNS Khaiber’s participation in EFF (3) as well as welcoming Pakistani school children on board.
He said that Pakistan Navy’s participation in this multinational exercise is testimony to Pakistan’s commitment to international maritime security on one hand and the country’s close and cordial relations with Qatar on the other.
“Pakistan Navy has participated in the coalition maritime campaign plan (CMCP) since its inception in 2004 and we have contributed a naval ship to Task Force 151 for its anti-piracy operations since 2009,” said Captain Abbasi.
“The Pakistan Navy is the only regional naval force to have the singular honour of commanding both the task forces numerous times. We are taking over the command of TF 151 in December this year.”
He said that participating in international operations is testimony to the high standards of Pakistan Navy and it demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment towards collaborative maritime security.
Captain Abbasi informed that before coming at Qatar, PNS Khaibar was part of Task Force 150, an operation by CMCP in the Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea to promote security at sea and prevent piracy attempts.
He said that PNS Khaibar will participate in various exercises with Qatar Navy and other foreign naval units after EFF (3).
Captain Abbasi, who had earlier called on the Deputy Commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, said that his delegation had productively interacted with officers of the Qatar Navy.
Captain Abbasi hosted a reception on Sunday evening in honour of foreign military attaches and officers attending EFF (3).
Pakistan Ambassador to Qatar Mohamed Sarfraz A Khanzada and other prominent members of the Pakistani community in Qatar attended. The reception ended with the cutting of a ceremonial cake by the ambassador and officers from Qatar Navy and other military officers and attaches.