Integrated security for CPEC

SEA routes have always been a major source of global economic activity conjoined with political interests of the states. However, in order to fully utilise the maritime advantages, it is imperative that an effective policy focusing on the security of sea-lanes including both domestic and international waters is devised and streamlined on a regular basis. In this context, the establishment of a special task force TF-88 by Pakistan Navy was need of the hour given the threats posed by the detractors who are not at all happy with development of Gwadar Port and the CPEC.
The task force comprising drones, combat aircraft and latest weapons was commissioned during the international maritime conference held in Gwadar on Saturday. The decision that the task force will jointly operate with special security division which has already been established for the security of CPEC in fact is the right approach to provide a fully integrated umbrella of security to the CPEC and Gwadar port. Everybody knows enemy’s nefarious designs against the project and it was just last month that Pakistan Navy chased an Indian submarine out of Pakistani waters after it attempted to infiltrate. Therefore, the decision of Pakistan Navy to establish a special force for Gwadar port really imply that all branches of our armed forces are fully alive to the threat posed by the hostile neighbour to dent economic interests of the country. In this regard, we also hope that authorities in Pakistan will remain in close touch with their Chinese friends to evaluate, highlight and address prevailing and emerging maritime challenges. With enhanced cooperation in this field, both the countries can ensure watertight security to Gwadar Port whose complete operationalisation indeed will place Pakistan and China in an extremely advantageous strategic position.

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