We need to become a ‘maritime nation’ to progress fast: Capt (r) Jamil Ahmed Khan


Karachi, 27 December 2018: Capt (r) Jamil Ahmed Khan, Member National Assembly and Parliamentary Secretary for Maritime Affairs has said that we have to become a ‘maritime nation’ not only to grow further but also to answer the emerging challenges in future.

He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of ‘Maritime Winter School – 2018’ which was jointly organized by Maritime Study Forum (MSF), Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad, and National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) at Bahria University, Karachi.

The workshop was attended by a number of experts and researchers working on issues related to maritime affairs representing various universities and think tanks across the country. The participants of the workshop shared with each other their research endeavors pertaining to the maritime sector and deliberated to devise a national maritime research agenda for the next year keeping in view the emerging policy and national needs.

Jamil Ahmed Khan commended the collaborative efforts made by the three institutions in conducting such a valuable workshop and stressed on the need to raise awareness over the importance of maritime issues in the country. Underscoring the need to exploit the maritime potential of Pakistan he said, the present government was making efforts to devise a comprehensive maritime policy by taking all the stakeholders on board.

Admiral (r) Asaf Humayun, Khalid Rahman, executive president, IPS, Dr Syed Mohammad Anwer, president, MSF, Bilal Abdul Ghaffar, member Sindh Assembly and facilitators of the workshop Dr Najam Abbas, Dr Azhar Ahmad, Dr Aneel Salman, Cdr (r) Baber Bilal were also present on the occasion.

The ceremony concluded with the distribution of mementos and certificates to the workshop participants by the chief guest.

Photo Release:
Group Photo of Parliamentary Secretary for Maritime Affairs and Member National Assembly Capt (r) Jamil Ahmad Khan with the participants of 5-day Maritime Winter School at the workshop’s concluding ceremony. The other speakers present on the occassion included Admiral (r) Asif Humayun, DG-IPS Khalid Rahman, Dr Syed Mohammad Anwar, president, Maritime Study Forum, Bilal Abdul Ghaffar, member Sindh Assembly, Cdr (r) Baber Bilal, director, NIMA, and the facilitators of the workshop Dr Najam Abbas, Dr Azhar Ahmad, Dr Anil Salman, Dr Khadija Bari, Kanwar Mohammad Javed Iqbal, Naghmana Zafar, and others.

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    Completely agree,

    The next small conflicts will be in the Indian Ocean where the enemies will seek to disrupt a functional operational CPEC.

    When the world questions the military dimension to CPEC tell them CPEC and BRI is the biggest project since World War 2 and larger than the plan to rebuild Europe.

    To protect European interests you too had a military dimension and equally Pakistan must NOT SHY away from protecting this investment alongside China.

    Land, Air Security.
    Modern Policing
    Modern Security Services
    And finally equally a large modern navy and maritime security is an absolute necessity.

    This is the most dangerous neighbourhood in the world and if you don’t his the bully in the face he will assume you are too weak to do so.

    CPEC is a game changer and needs to be secured.

    China will be the natural strategic defence partner and we should extend this partnership to Russia.

    Furthermore Pakistan, UAE, Oman, Bahrain Saudi and also Iran alongside China and Russia need a joint maritime security force to patrol the Arabian and Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea off Pakistan.

    This neighbourhood needs to get tough and needs an alliance.

    Pakistan Zindabad
    Pakistan Paindabad

    Lailaha IlAllah Muhammadur Rasool Allah

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