International naval exercise Aman 2019, in which contingents from 46 countries will participate, will begin from today (Feb 8) at Pakistan Navy Fleet Headquarters in Islamabad, Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi informed the media. He said the exercise was started in 2007 and it has been regularly conducted after every two years.
“The exercise has two major phases: harbour and sea phases. Harbour activities would include seminars, discussions and demonstrations. In tandem, a three-day International Maritime Conference will also be held on the topic “Global Geopolitics in Transition: Rethinking Maritime Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region”.
“While we talk of operating together, let us be mindful of the threats and challenges that we face at seas; these range from piracy to terrorism to climate change. Vastness of the seas presents, what I call, a ‘complex duality’, i.e., seas provide the means to keep the world’s economy in motion whilst affording plenty of opportunities to the forces against progress and stability. The postulate that violent non-state actors’ threats in the maritime domain cannot be negotiated by a single country alone gets reinforced by complex duality phenomenon” Niazi added.
The basic purpose of Aman exercise is to project the positive image of the country and to highlight the Pakistan’s contributions towards regional peace, stability and consolidating Pakistan Navy’s position in the regional maritime arena.
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25 May, 2019