Pakistan Believes In Peaceful Co-Existence: PM.

KARACHI -- Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said Saturday that Pakistan believed in peaceful co-existence and wanted to promote friendly relations as it did not harbour any designs against anyone.

Addressing a passing out parade of 117th Midshipman and 25th Short Service Commission course at Pakistan Naval Academy, the prime minister said Pakistan's desire for peace must not be taken as weakness.

He said the entire nation was proud of its armed forces for their continuous vigil to foil enemies' designs and rendering huge sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. He observed that Pakistan Navy had been effectively playing its part to the overall deterrence and national security with the available resources.

Lauding the contribution of Pakistan Navy, the prime minister said that it had a legacy of valour and professionalism and expressed the confidence that the newly commissioned cadets would further strengthen that legacy.

He underscored that the maritime domain was continuously shifting, mainly due to technological advancement and power re-shuffle globally. Only those navies would prevail and prove effective that would align with ever evolving geo-strategic spectrum and modern trends of warfare, he added.

He said that the three Services had proved their mettle against all threats at the borders. The whole nation paid tributes to all shuhada and their families, who had secured the country against all threats with their ultimate sacrifices, he said, adding the nation saluted them all.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah also attended the passing out parade.

The prime minister said Pakistan was blessed with large coastline which held vast potentials which could be utilized by further strengthening of the defence capabilities and boosting of the maritime economy.

'Pakistan's economic future hinges upon success of CPEC,' he said, adding the Gwadar port was its major project. He underscored that Pakistan Navy had even more important role to play in the present age of ever growing blue economy, marine security and strategic defence.

The prime minister said Pakistan Navy with its available resources continued to fulfill and perform well to meet the international obligations, besides countering multiple challenges.

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