ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Saturday Pakistan Navy is fully prepared and committed to safeguard maritime interests of the country.
Addressing 108th Midshipmen and 17th Short Services Commission Course passing out parade at Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, he said Pakistan believed in peaceful co-existence and desired peace and prosperity in the region, but this desire must not be misconstrued as our weakness.
Abbasi said the navy is playing a vital role in making the country’s seaward defence invincible. “Pakistan Navy is determined and vigilant to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests in the face of any threat,” he added.
He said that military operations – Operation Radd-ul-Fassad and Zarb-e-Azab – were testament to the country’s resolve to root out terrorism from its soil. “These are manifestations of our resolve and the commitment to purge Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism.”
He advised cadets to serve the nation and Pakistan Navy with devotion and commitment.
Earlier on his arrival at Academy, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi received the prime minister. He was presented guard of honour at the start of the parade.
A total of one hundred and twenty-nine cadets were passed out including cadets from friendly countries of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Maldives, Bahrain and Qatar.