Staff Reporter Islamabad
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of German-Pakistani bilateral relations, the frigate Bayern will visit Karachi from Sept 8th to 12th.
The partnership visit takes place within the framework of the German Navy’s Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021.
During its six-months mission the frigate is scheduled to call at several ports – Karachi being the first one in the region.
Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck said “The visit of the Bayern – roughly one month after the PNS Zulfiqar berthed in the port of Hamburg – is not only a visible sign of the increased importance of the Indo-Pacific for Germany but it also clearly reflects the multifaceted German-Pakistan relations. It is truly a special event to kick off our celebrations for the 70th anniversary.”
After the arrival in Karachi on Sept 8th, the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Tilo Kalski, and Consul General Holger Ziegeler will lay a wreath in Mazar-e-Quaid, paying respect to the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
On Sept. 10th, the Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, will receive the captain and a delegation from the Bayern for a formal greeting ceremony.
After weeks at sea, the crew is also looking forward to discovering the picturesque city life and famous hospitality of its first port of call in Asia. On August 2nd, the frigate Bayern left the German port of Wilhelmshaven for Asia.”