ISLAMABAD: Reposing full confidence in professional capabilities of the Pakistan Navy, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that armed forces are fully prepared and geared up to safeguard the country's maritime interests including the defence of sea frontiers.

"Our naval forces are fully prepared to guard our maritime frontiers and interests," Prime Minister said during his visit to the Naval Headquarters here on Monday. He reposed complete trust and confidence in the professional capabilities of the Pakistan Navy.

Prime Minister said the government fully realized the importance of maritime sector, its great economic potential, and the fact that Pakistan's lifeline was its international trade that almost in totality was carried through the sea.–Staff Reporter

He further said, "It is most reassuring to learn that our navy is fully prepared and geared up to safeguard our maritime interests including the defence of our sea frontiers. The government will provide full support for the development plans of Pakistan Navy to ensure that it remains a balanced and effective force capable of meeting the future challenges," the premier added.

Earlier, a detailed operational briefing was given to prime minister by Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) on "operational preparedness of Pakistan Navy". Federal Minister for Defence Kh Muhammad Asif and senior officers of Pakistan Navy attended the briefing.

On arrival at Naval Headquarters, the prime minister was received by the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila and was presented the guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Navy. Later, he was introduced to principal staff officers serving at Naval Headquarters.