Strong Navy must for safety, security of country: Alvi

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President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan Navy is playing a commendable role to safeguard and protect Pakistan’s naval and maritime interests, despite resource constraints in a challenging maritime security paradigm and overall security situation. He appreciated Pakistan Navy’s role for the flood victims during the recent global climate induced super floods, providing them with medical services and relief supplies.

The president expressed these views while addressing the closing ceremony of the 5th Maritime Security Workshop 2022 (MARSEW-5), held at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore. President Alvi was the chief guest at the ceremony. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, was also present. The closing ceremony was attended by civil and military officials.

Speaking at the ceremony, the president said that regional countries, including Pakistan were facing challenges due to changing regional and global situation, new alliances were in the making, and readjustment of priorities and preferences in multiple domains including in the maritime domain, which necessitated the country to remain alert and adjust itself in the emerging situation with dignity, honour and preserving its sovereignty in decision making.

The president underlined the need to enhance the pace of decision-making, taking right and timely decisions and their implementation on timeline basis to remain abreast with the rest of the world in all sectors including the global maritime security environment to fully harness potential of Pakistan’s human, natural and maritime resources.

The president highlighted that the strong economy was a must for gaining regional and international recognition and maintaining a balance to move forward with dignity and respect in the international relations. Therefore, he added, it was imperative to explore new avenues to raise country’s productivity in all sectors including developing quality and producing human resources, upscaling our business, trade, investment, industrialization and empowering the work processes with digitalization and infusing of artificial intelligence, investing in quantum computer research and development to sustain reasonable economic outlook and to improve it on perpetual basis.