In a recent address at the 25th National Security Workshop held at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Naveed Ashraf shed light on Pakistan’s maritime resources, emphasizing their significant role in the country’s economic growth. He highlighted the vast deposits of natural resources in Pakistan’s maritime zones, which, if leveraged effectively, can make substantial contributions to the nation’s economy.
Admiral Naveed Ashraf noted that Pakistan Navy plays a vital role in safeguarding the country’s maritime frontiers and also actively contributes to the development of the maritime sector. However, he stressed the importance of private sector investments in maritime-related industries to fully exploit Pakistan’s maritime potential. Such investments not only boost economic development but also result in reduced foreign exchange expenditures, as Pakistan can rely more on its own flag carriers for shipping goods, reducing the need to pay foreign shipping companies for freight services.
Furthermore, the Naval Chief’s address also highlighted the imminent challenge of marine pollution in Pakistan’s maritime zones. He labeled it as a “clear and present danger” that requires urgent attention. Addressing marine pollution is not only essential for safeguarding the marine environment but also for preserving the economic opportunities that the maritime sector can offer.
The participants of the workshop, led by Major General Raza Aizad, the Director General of the Institute of Strategic Studies & Research Analysis (ISSRA), included a diverse range of individuals, such as parliamentarians, politicians, bureaucrats, armed forces officers, and representatives from academia and the business community. They were given a comprehensive briefing on Pakistan Navy’s role and challenges, as well as its contributions to the development of the maritime sector.
The workshop attendees expressed their appreciation for Pakistan Navy’s efforts in this regard and provided valuable suggestions to further enhance and develop the maritime sector. This open dialogue and collaboration between various sectors of Pakistani society demonstrate a collective commitment to harnessing the potential of the maritime industry and securing a prosperous future for the nation.