Pakistan to hold one of the largest ever Naval exercise involving 50 Navies including China and US

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Pakistan to hold one of the largest ever Naval exercise involving 50 Navies including China and US

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi has revealed that Pakistan will be holding one of the largest ever naval exercise involving 50 Navies across the World.

Pakistan is going to hold multi-national maritime exercises in February next year, where some 50 navies from around the world, including the US and Chinese navy will take part," he said.

Last such maritime exercise took place in 2017 in which 37 countries participated. However, the naval chief urged that the US should share intelligence gathering with Pakistan to combat drug trafficking through sea routes.

He added that unless there was a political resolution with India, there might not be any joint Pakistan-India maritime exercises. He said that under Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, the two countries as members work together.

Although the Trump administration suspended the International Military Education and Training support, he said, the training would not stop as Pakistan was utilising its own national funds for the programme.

He also maintained that the administration should not have cancelled security assistance to the country but regardless of the fact Pakistan wants a relationship with the US based on equal respect.

The naval chief further said that the Pakistani Navy has sufficient resources for the task it has to perform hence it was not seeking to purchase any navy-related aircraft from the US, however, it is looking for a replacement programme for P3C Orions, which were damaged in a terrorist attack at the Mehran base.