Armed forces fully capable of tackling all challenges

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President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said that the armed forces were fully capable of tackling any type of challenge.

He was addressing the concluding ceremony of 15-day maritime workshop on “Safe Sea and Prosperous Pakistan” at the Navy War College.

He said that utilisation of sea resources would not only strengthen economy but also help protect sea routes. “The maritime workshop has great importance with regard to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the future of the region,” he said.

The president said that Allah Almighty had blessed the country with countless resources and sea was one of those, and he hoped that the country’s sea resources would be a great source of development.

He said that seas had always played a vital role in shaping the economic situation but at present their importance had increased manifold.

Mamnoon said that keeping in view the realities of the future, it was important to determine priorities of the sector with the help of substantial study and comprehensive planning. He said that set priorities would help Pakistan get more benefits when international trade and naval routes would pass through the waters of Pakistan. “In order to utilise the naval resources effectively, proper strategy should be in mind as this matter was not confined to land and sea transportation,” he said. “When the economic corridor would become operational, we need to pay attention to other important departments, which include shipyard, ship manufacturing industry, engineering sectors, fishing, trans-shipment, ports and many others.”

Mamnoon Hussain said that it was important to ensure progress of the above-mentioned departments keeping in view the stability of national economy and protection of sea boundaries.

He appreciated the participants of the workshop for presenting healthy recommendations and hoped that relevant departments would make proper decisions in the light of those suggestions.

He said that the Pakistan Navy deserved appreciation for the efforts it had made and continues to make for the progress of maritime sector. He hoped that the Pakistan Navy and its associated departments would keep rendering their services with the same spirit in the future as well. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and Pakistan Navy War College Commandant Rear Admiral Moazzam were also present on the occasion.