Karachi: A three-day International maritime Security Conference on Saturday began in Karachi. President Azad Kashmir Masood Khan, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah and others addressed the opening session of the conference, reported 24 News HD.
Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah in his address highlighted the significance of the conference. He said, “It is heartening to note that the topic and sub-themes for different sessions of this conference cover a range of subjects like maritime security, maritime economy and marine environment.”
Naval Chief said that apart from conventional or traditional threats to maritime security, the non-traditional threats are a significant emerging dimension which require a collaborative response. He said that while maritime terrorism remains the predominant concern, the human and narco-arms trafficking also pose a serious challenge.
In his address, Adviser Sartaj Aziz highlighted the presence of regional players in the Indian Ocean, interests of regional and extra-regional coalition powers and complexity of challenges it has posed.
“As the Indian Ocean contains several conflict zones, the region’s maritime security challenges have grown and are affected by key variables like militarization, the involvement of major powers and non-traditional security threats,” he said.
Similarly addressing the opening session of Conference, President Azad Kashmir Masood Khan was reported as saying that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has furthered the need for augmenting the maritime security.
It may be noted that it is the seventh session of the International Maritime Conference.