Pakistan Navy Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, received the ships which have been named after rivers Hingol and Basole. According to sources the Chinese envoy also invited the army chief for the visit of China and dates in this regard would be finalised soon.
It is vital all federating units to get equal opportunities for maximum financial benefits from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, as it will serve long-term economic interests of both the countries.
China yesterday handed over two maritime patrol vessels to the Pakistan Navy for joint security along the sea route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported. It will give China easier access to Middle Eastern oil via the deepwater port of Gwadar in southwest Pakistan.
After arriving at the Gawadar sea port, the Chinese officials dispensed the ships over to their Pakistani counterparts at a ceremony at Gwadar Port, Radio Pakistan reported.
Director General of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter, Commander West Commodore Mohammad Waris and top naval and civilian officials were present on the occasion. He added that the Pakistan-China friendship was becoming stronger and deeper than the ocean, day by day.
The Chinese government will be providing two more ships to Pakistan Navy, named named Dasht and Zhob. Pakistan has already raised a new division of the army to ensure security along the CPEC route and in and around the Gwadar port.
In the past, China has shied away from saying that it plans to deploy its naval ships in Gwadar, a move which could raise alarm in the United States and India.