KARACHI: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has emphasized that Pakistan Navy should be strengthened in all aspects to pursue national interests of the country in the Indian Ocean Region.
“Pakistan should primarily focus on her own national interests while adjusting course with changing regional and international scenario,” said Shireen Mazari while addressing the audience at the interactive seminar cum webinar organized by the National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) on ‘Growing Economic Connectivity in the Indian Ocean Region – Challenges and Opportunities’.
Shireen Mazari graced the occasion as guest of honour, whereas, eminent speakers such as Lt. Commander (Retired) Adil Rashid PN, Maritime Researcher and Consultant, Dr Nian Peng, Deputy Director & Associate Fellow of Research Center for Maritime Silk Road, National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and Dr Huma Naz Baqai, Assistant Professor, IBA- University of Karachi shared their intellectual insights with the audience.
Commodore (Retd) Ali Abbas SI (M) moderated the session, whereas Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem HI (M), Director General NIMA welcomed all the worthy speakers and participants in the webinar and highlighted the importance and significance of the growing connectivity in the Indian Ocean and its littoral states.
While speaking with the audience, Dr Nian Peng Highlighted the significance of maritime connectivity through BRI and the emerging role that China will play through its economic diplomacy in the Indian Ocean Region. Peng while highlighted the significance of mutual agendas for development and shared growth for long term socio-economic gains.
Lt. Adil Rashid shed light on the growing role of ports and shipping in contemporary times. While highlighting the futuristic dynamics of shipping, he particularly focused on the opening of the Arctic will likely impact the recent shipping pattern in the Indian Ocean Region.
Talk of Dr Huma Naz Baqai was centred on geopolitical arena and significant gain developing nations can attain from BRI and changing power dynamic in IOR. She emphasized that Pakistan should learn from Chinese model to inculcate the maritime aspect in the strategic policy formulation.
According to Director NIMA-K Commodore (Retd) Ali Abbas SI (M), the discourse was an effort to build understanding on changing scenario within the maritime domain. A large number of attendees from academia, maritime experts, university students, government departments, and think tanks actively participated in the webinar.