IN a striking display of firepower, Pakistan Navy undertook live weapon firing in the Arabian Sea on Saturday. The force successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile from its Sea King helicopter with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming the weapon’s lethality and offensive punch of Pakistan Navy fleet.
Responsible for securing country’s coastlines and sea lanes, Pakistan Navy has over the years attained significant growth and the principal driver of this augmentation has been the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and at its core the Gwadar deep-sea port, which is all set to make Pakistan a hub of regional trade activities. It is a matter of satisfaction that our relevant quarters are fully alive and cognizant to the threats faced by the multi billion dollars project at the hands of our enemies especially India and doing the needful to ensure its all round security including the sea traffic. This is the reason we saw Pakistan Navy inducting more ships from China and focusing on further strengthening its sub-surface fleet in order to secure country’s coastal assets such as ports and shipyards from any sort of attack. There is no denying the fact if we really want to cultivate the fruits of CPEC and Gwadar port, an efficient, strong and self reliant Navy is need of the hour for which we also need to build up the capacity of our ship building industry. This will also help create thousands of job opportunities for our engineers, technicians and other workers as well as giving a major boost to indigenous defence production. In all earnest Gwadar port will generate great trade activity in the next few years and the plan to develop Gwadar shipyard to meet the ever increasing needs of merchant ships should be executed on fast track basis in order to reduce the burden on Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Limited. With right kind of interventions and focused approach, Pakistan indeed can emergeas a major shipbuilding country which will give a major strength to its economy but also help achieve self reliance in maritime security related matters