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March 28, 2017

Regional security under stress due to Indo-US collaboration: NSA

Islamabad

 
March 28, 2017

Islamabad

A national maritime conference on Monday called for a dynamic national maritime policy, modernisation of navy, and expansion of diplomatic engagement with littoral states in the Indian Ocean for peace and security and deriving maximum benefit from CPEC, says a press release.

The conference jointly organised by Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), issued a set of 25 policy recommendations. Policy makers, legislators, maritime experts, and academics identified Indian Ocean as ‘Afro-Asian Ocean’.

The conference mulled over maritime security in view of militarisation and nuclearisation of Indian Ocean and threats to CPEC, in additional to terrorism, piracy, food security and ecology.

National Security Adviser Lt Gen (r) Nasser Janjua saying, “Inter-state tensions in the region and significant investments in blue water navies by countries like India have brought oceans into focus as sensitive security space.”

He pointed towards Indo-US logistics exchange agreement, through which he said, “India and US have carved out space to pre-position themselves on this ocean. India, he said, was being propped up as a counter-weight to China.

Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, who was the chief guest on this occasion, said: “There is no surprise that our competitors are opposed to CPEC, and are already seeking to sabotage it. It is of the utmost importance, therefore, that we be fully-prepared to deal with any and challenge.”

The conference underscored the importance of overcoming national ‘sea-blindness’, and developing a culture of ‘sea-positivity’.

President CPGS Sehar Kamran said that ‘Asian Century’ needs a focus on 3Cs – Connectivity, Cooperation, and Communication. It was suggested that new ports particularly along the Makran Coast be constructed.

Former Naval Chief Adm ® Muhammad Sandila and Rear Admiral Mukhtar Jadoon, former additional secretary Ministry of Defence, former Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral (r) Iftikhar Ahmed and Rear Admiral (r) Pervaiz Asghar, Former Director General, National Centre for Maritime Policy Research also spoke on the occasion.

 

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