KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah has said that Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be a game changer with economic dividends not only for China and Pakistan but also for the entire region and that a strong navy is highly important for the security of the economic corridor.

He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of Fast Attack Craft 3 of Pakistan Navy on Saturday where he said that this modern naval ship for Pak Navy has been prepared with the cooperation of China, and is a practical example of lasting friendship between the two countries.

He added that the inclusion of Fast Attack Craft-3 in the navy will increase the naval strength of the country. He termed it a milestone in defense and strategic cooperation between Pakistan and China, and that the attack craft would provide synergy in defense of the country’s sea frontiers.

Zakaullah said the induction of new vessels would enhance operational capability of Pakistan Navy and protect the national jurisdiction and sovereignty of country’s maritime zones. He said presently three vessels are being constructed at Karachi Shipyard with the technical collaboration of China. He hoped the vessels under construction will contribute significantly towards the security of Gwadar.

He highlighted the significance of CPEC for enhancing regional trade activity with Gwadar port as the focal point, and said that Pakistan Navy is fully committed to providing a safe and secure maritime environment pivotal to the success of CPEC.