Book launching ceremony of ‘Admiral’s Diary’ written by Admiral (r) M Shariff was held at Bahria University auditorium on Thursday, says a press release.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir was the chief guest on the occasion. Seasoned retired and serving bureaucrats, senior retired and serving officers of the three services, family members and friends of the author, notable literary personalities attended the ceremony.
The chief guest praised efforts of the author for taking the time to write a book, which provides guiding principles for the future naval leaders. He said that the author is a man with solid resolve and reputation; his years of experience have made him a source of advice and influence amongst senior bureaucrats and military personnel in Pakistan. His autobiography gives an insight into his early childhood and a complete account of his naval career.
The Chief of the Naval Staff urged all serving and retired naval officers present to take lead from the veteran and contribute in writing books and articles to highlight great maritime potential possessed by Pakistan and its exploitation. He said that such endeavours will not only inculcate healthy reading habits amongst the younger lot but will also go a long way in highlighting the significance of Pakistan’s maritime interest and warranted safeguards for their security to the masses.
Admiral (r) Muhammad Shariff had joined Royal Indian Navy in 1936 as a sailor in the Communication Branch and witnessed battle actions on the high seas in Atlantic during World War-II. After partition he joined Pakistan Navy and saw active combat during 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. In 1975, he was appointed as Chief of the Naval Staff in the rank of Vice Admiral. He later became Pakistan’s first four-star admiral in 1976. After retirement, the admiral was also appointed as Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission in 1986.