PMSS Dasht has been inducted as the third Chinese -built maritime patrol ship for the security concerns of the China -Pakistan Economic Corridor. PMSS Hingol and PMSS Basol are the other two ships.
In the presence of Minister for ports and shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo was present in the induction ceremony.
Bizenjo said on the occasion that Pakistan witnessed major challenges with the inception of the China -Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC ), adding that the nation has become a center of global attention.
The PMSS Dasht, built for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency has arrived in Karachi earlier this month.
Bizenjo said speaking at the occasion,
“The CPEC has the potential to change the regional canvas and the world. The importance of the project for Pakistan’s strategic strength and economic prosperity needs no elaboration. Every effort is being made to secure the important trade lifeline both on land and at sea.”
Minister for ports and shipping Hasil Khan Bizenjo added,
“The government allocated over USD 150 million to enable the PMSA fleet to protect our maritime area and sea lines of communication. This will add a great deal to the security fiber not only for the CPEC but for all maritime zones of Pakistan.”
He also mentioned his meeting with a few Chinese engineers and technicians associated with the project and appreciated their contribution that shows the strength of deep-rooted friendship between Islamabad and Beijing.
Another notable aspect is the ongoing construction of two more ships at the Karachi shipyard.