India wants to sabotage CPEC: Dr Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said on Sunday India wanted to damage the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but all its designs would be thwarted.

He said this while inaugurating the opening session of Pakistan Navy war game Shamsheer-e-Bahr VII and logistic exercise Tarseel-e-Bahr II in Karachi.

He said that Pakistan is facing multitude of internal and external challenges which necessitate a ‘Whole of Nation Approach’. The chief guest also underlined the significance of war games in military planning process and expressed his desire to see valuable lessons and recommendations at the end of War Game. The president appreciated the realistic stocktaking and thought provoking presentations by force commanders, which would help in crystallising plans for maritime security and seaward defence of Pakistan. The chief guest particularly emphasised Pakistan’s increasing relevance in the backdrop of CPEC and operationalisation of Gwadar port. While underscoring the fact that economic well-being of Pakistan is linked with the freedom of navigation through seas, the chief guest said that prosperity of our people is intrinsically linked to the security of our Sea Lines of Communication, which would add to the responsibilities of Pakistan Navy in ensuring unhindered flow of traffic in our waters.

The chief guest highlighted that the illegitimate revocation of articles 370 and 35-A from Indian constitution by BJP government has engendered massive unrest in Indian Held Kashmir and raised serious concerns in Pakistan.

Indian attempt to enforced fascist control over IHK has serious implications towards internal security situation in IHK and resultantly on the security in South Asia and the world at large. Pakistan will continue to fiercely contest and expose Indian atrocities in IHK politically and diplomatically at all possible levels till resolution of Kashmir issue in the light of UNSC resolutions.

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President Dr Arif Alvi was received by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

Later, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations), Rear Admiral Faisal Rasul Lodhi, presented an overview of the war game outlining objectives set forth and concepts to be tried. He highlighted that being a tri-service event with representation of relevant ministries Shamsheer-e-Bahr VII is the Flagship war game of Pakistan Navy that is held biennially to try various concepts which are then validated in subsequent Navy-wide field exercises before being incorporated into naval strategy.

The event was attended by large number of high ranking Armed Forces officers besides bureaucrats and reps of Federal Ministries.

Source: The News

Dated on: 3/9/2019

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