Islamabad: (Parliament Times) Pakistan Navy Ships MOAWIN and ASLAT visited Simon’s
Town, South Africa as part of Overseas Deployment to the African region. During the
visit, Mission Commander & Commanding Officers of the visiting ships called on
prominent South African authorities including Flag Officer Commanding (Fleet), Simon's
Town Chief Magistrate and Chief Police Officer.
Upon arrival at Port Simon's Town, visiting Pakistan Navy Ships were extended a
warm welcome by South African Navy. During the visit, Mission Commander along with
Commanding Officers of Pakistan Navy Ships called on Flag Officer Commanding
(Fleet), South African Navy and Chief Magistrate & Chief Police Officer of Simon's
Town. During the interactions, Mission Commander conveyed sincere regards from
Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to the people of South Africa in
general and South African Navy in particular. Both the sides displayed commitment and
desire on further expanding and enhancing brotherly relations between the two
countries. Pakistan’s sacrifices in fight against terrorism and Pakistan Navy's initiatives
for maritime security and safety of global commons were also highlighted which were
duly acknowledged by the hosts.
A reception dinner was hosted onboard PNS MOAWIN, Senior Officers of South
African Navy along with a large number of diplomatic corps and prominent local
community attended the event. On the occasion, Mission Commander also updated the
dignitaries about the deteriorating situation in the IoK. A documentary depicting the
atrocities & human rights violations being committed by the Indian Armed Forces and
plight of the Kashmiris was screened during the event which was well received by the
attendees. Later, a dinner was also hosted by the Flag Officer Commanding (Fleet) in
the honour of the visiting Pakistan Navy Ships.
The ongoing deployment of Pakistan Navy Ships to Africa is aimed at further
strengthening friendly ties with African countries, enhancing naval collaboration,
extending humanitarian assistance and developing interoperability with the host navies.