PM reaches Karachi to witness Sea Spark 2015

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Sindh province's capital city Karachi on Wednesday to witness the ongoing Pakistan Navy exercise 'Sea Spark' in the Arabian Sea, Radio Pakistan reported.

The premier was received by Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah at Karachi Airport. Apart from witnessing the Pakistan Navy exercise, the PM will also hold a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the city considered as Pakistan's economic hub.

During the meeting, the prime minister will be briefed the progress of ongoing Karachi operation, which was launched in September 2013 to free the city of criminals and people associated with terrorist outfits.

Pakistan Navy exercise, Seaspark 2015, which began in the north Arabian Sea on November 3 after a gap of three years.

The exercise involves all operational units of the navy, including ships, submarines, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, special forces and marines, along with elements of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Pakistan Air Force and the army with the aim to corroborate the navy’s operational plans, assess its war preparedness and enhance its interoperability with the PAF and the army.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, joined by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, visited the fleet units at sea on Monday and underlined the importance of maintaining constant vigil at sea in view of the prevailing security environment.

The exercise will conclude on Nov 12.

During his last visit to the city, the PM inaugurated the K-2 power project at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp) while presiding over an apex committee meeting to review the progress of Karachi operation.

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