Admiral Noman Bashir - Pakistan Navy

The real issue of concern to the Pakistan Navy has thus not been of global economic crisis. It is rather of the global war on terrorism, which has affected us in multifarious ways. The Pakistan Navy has rendered all out support in Coalition operations in the North Arabian Sea for more than five years. But we had to pay dearly for our contribution to that global war. Besides bearing loss of men and materiel because of acts of terrorism, we are forced to divert our resources to beef up maritime and internal security. This has led us to review and reprioritize our new and future plans, whereby higher priority is now accorded to equipment and systems concerning maritime security.

All in all, it is my considered opinion that the Pakistan Navy has not been so significantly impacted by the global economic crisis. Rather, economic and other negative effects of the war on terrorism have hit it harder. Whatever little effects it has experienced on account of global economic crisis are temporary, and we hope it will soon be over.


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