KARACHI: Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah on Thursday termed “unusual” the violation of Pakistani territorial waters by an Indian submarine and warned of retaliation if such effort was made again.

“If India does something like this again, Pakistan Navy will respond to protect our sovereignty,” he said. Talking to media persons at IDEAS-2016, the naval chief said he as navy chief and the entire nation were proud of the Navy’s action. He said after the detection submarine, the Indians now would not dare for such an adventure in the future. He said they kept the Indian submarine under track for several days and then forced it to leave the area.

Admiral Zakaullah said IDEAS-2016 will give boost to country’s defence industry. He appreciated the standard of the defence exhibition and said foreign delegates are appreciating Pakistani products. This is encouraging for our defence-related industries.

He said he has seen stalls at the exhibition and was impressed by them. He said he did imagine some time back that such sophisticated equipment would be made in Pakistan. He said their first priority is to meet the demands of our armed forces and then export the surplus to improve our economy.

The naval chief said Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) displayed its products as well. He said he is head of the board of KSEW, which is building fast-track craft and missile boats while a 17,000 tons warship has also been launched at the shipyard.

Replying to a question, Admiral Zakaullah said Pakistan navy is a small force and its four-dimension capability i.e. Service Navy, naval aviation, submarines and marines and special service forces. He said the Navy is well prepared to respond to any threat in a befitting manner.

About CPEC, the naval chief said this big project is going to be fully operationalised soon and Navy’s responsibilities have increased and they are making preparations for it. He said they need capacity building for this and the government is supporting them.