The Pakistan Navy along with the people working at Gwadar port city celebrated the 62nd Gwadar Day with traditional zeal and fervour.
This day is celebrated every year to mark the merger of Gwadar with Pakistan. Various activities were held under the auspices of Pakistan Navy and Commander Coast (COMCOAST), Vice Admiral Zahid Ilyas who was the chief guest at the event.
While interacting with the notables and people of Gwadar, the chief guest highlighted Pakistan Navy’s commitment for the development of the coastal region. He also underscored rigorous efforts of Pakistan Navy to ensure maritime security of Gwadar Port and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
In the historical context, Gwadar was formally handed over to Pakistan in 1958 by Oman. Initially, a Naval platoon led by Lt Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey of Pakistan Navy landed at Gwadar and unfurled Pakistan's flag.
The 62nd Gwadar Day began with an impressive flag hoisting ceremony held at PNS AKRAM, Gwadar which was largely attended by the elders and notables of the port city.
Various activities were organised by Pakistan Navy including a boat rally, hovercraft maneuvers, demonstrations by the Special Service Group (Navy) and Naval Aviation at the beach front.
The enthusiasm of the local people remained prodigious throughout and a large number of spectators enjoyed the events.
Gwadar Day celebrations were aimed at rekindling the awareness about the history of Gwadar among the masses. A large number of audience including civil dignitaries and military officials also witnessed the activities.
It is pertinent to mention that coronavirus precautionary measures were observed throughout.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 9th, 2020.