PM Shehbaz arrives in Karachi for joint international naval drills

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday traveled to Karachi on a daylong visit to take part in a five-day international naval drill being conducted in the Arabian Sea.

The naval drills, which are being organized by the Pakistan Navy, are being participated in by naval forces from 50 nations, including Turkey, the US, and China.

The fundamental goal of these biannual exercises is to create a successful unified strategy against terrorists, pirates, and traffickers of drugs and weaponry.

A flag-raising ceremony marked the start of the celebration, which has been going on since 2007, according to Pakistan Television.

Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia are among the regional nations that are participating in the event with ships, aircraft, marine teams, special operations forces, and observers.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052D guided-missile destroyer, Nanning, is participating in the drills, according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

Under the theme “Together for Peace,” the naval exercise aims to provide a venue for understanding marine concepts and operational cultures, improve interoperability, and create strategies to counter common maritime threats, according to a statement from the Pakistan Navy.