A three-day International Maritime Security Conference has begun in Karachi. Addressing the conference the adviser on Foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Nuclearization and Militarization of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security.

Highlighting the significance of the Indian Ocean, Sartaj Aziz said Indian Ocean provides connectivity to the Middle East, Africa and Australia with Europe. The adviser said Pakistan has strategic stakes in peaceful navigation of cargoes in the Indian Ocean because of Gwadar Port and CPEC.

He said the government is taking all the requisite steps to ensure Maritime Security in the ocean. The adviser emphasized the need for turning the Indian Ocean into a zone of peace and prosperity to benefit the whole region. He warned that any rivalry in the ocean would only impede the process of development. Sartaj Aziz said all the regional countries have an important role to develop common bonds for sustainable development.

President Azad Kashmir Masood Khan in his address said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor has furthered the need for augmenting the Maritime Security. He said all Naval Forces across the world have a pivotal role in maritime security. Earlier, in his inaugural address on the occasion, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah said a special force has been established for security of CPEC and Gwadar Port.