KARACHI/ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain has said the armed forces are fully alive to the enemy’s designs, adding Pakistan is a peaceful country and wants friendly relations with all its neighbours on the basis of equality.

Addressing naval celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of 1965 War at Pakistan Navy Station (PNS) Qasim, Karachi, yesterday, the President made it clear that the armed forces of Pakistan were capable of thwarting any aggression against it. He was satisfied that the officers and jawans of Pakistan Navy had complete command over modern technology.

President Mamnoon said the government was committed to the development of Pakistan Navy in the light of the country’s defence needs, adding all its needs would be met within the given resources.

The President said that with the cooperation of China, work on the economic corridor was in progress rapidly, which would inject a new life in economic activities of the whole region. He expressed confidence that Pakistan Navy could effectively fulfil its responsibilities.

The President stated that exhibition of the state-of-the-art naval weaponry and practical demonstration of professional skills by commandoes against terrorism reflects robust preparation of Pakistan Navy, which is a matter of satisfaction for the nation. The President congratulated Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah, officers and jawans on their excellent performance.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, the naval chief said the 1965 War characterised the acts of valour and courage demonstrated by the Pak armed forces. The supreme act of bravery and courage and patriotism shown during the 1965 War was matchless. “On September 6, 1965, when the motherland was attacked at midnight, the armed forces of Pakistan defeated the enemy with great courage and bravery. A formation of Pakistan Navy ships destroyed Dwarka Radar Station and deployment of Pak submarine, Ghazi, restricted the enemy to its own waters during the war,” he said

The naval chief said that under the existing environment, importance of the sea and coastal areas of the country had increased manifold. He added Pakistan Navy was well aware of, and committed to, its responsibilities of defending the sea frontiers of the country. The naval chief reiterated Pakistan Navy was playing a pivotal role by utilising all its resources optimally for completion of important projects like development of coastal areas, Gwadar and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with full dedication and commitment.

On this occasion, a naval display of equipment and live demonstration of Pakistan Navy operations was arranged at Pakistan Navy Station (PNS) Qasim, Karachi. Pakistan Navy warships, aircraft, Special Services Group and Pakistan Marines participated in the event and demonstrated operational activities of Pakistan Navy, including skim past by surface units, fly past by Pak Navy aircraft, para drops and anti-terrorist demonstration.

The Sindh governor, senior members of the provincial assembly, diplomats, a large number of civil and military dignitaries, families of martyrs and war veterans were present on the occasion.