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‘Maritime security to be used as weapon against terrorism’

LAHORE: Governor Rafique Rajwana said on Saturday that maritime security will prove to be a strong weapon against terrorism. Speaking at a maritime awareness seminar at Aiwan-i-Iqbal here, the governor said the organisation of multinational naval exercise would promote a positive image of the country and provide a platform for participating nations to come closer to each other. It would also make the country s defence invincible. Russia becoming part of the naval exercise was a welcome sign, he added. Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad said that Pakistan enjoyed a strategic location in South Asia that made it the most important country in the region.

Seaports, neighbouring sea and mountains have tremendous economic and military potential and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has enhanced naval significance of the country, he said, adding that there was a need to develop best human resource through the Pakistan Marine Academy and other institutions.

The minister said Gwadar was a naval gateway of Pakistan and it would herald prosperity in Pakistan. The CPEC will benefit not only Pakistan, but also Central Asia and other countries. The CPEC has given new importance to Pakistan as our seaside carries tremendous economic potential, which can benefit Pakistan in a number of ways. Commodore Akbar Naqi said the merchant navy was backbone of Pakistan s economy as 90 per cent of energy- and trade-related activities were carried out through sea routes. Pakistan Marine Academy alumni could easily get employment in Pakistan National Shipping Corporation and other companies. He further said that the completion of CPEC would provide tremendous job opportunities for the people of Gwadar.

Lahore Mayor Mubashir Javed said economy was the priority of nations and CPEC would develop a new economic potential for the country.

Published in Dawn, February 12th, 2017

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