Outgoing CNS commends PN on frustrating Indian designs

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – October 8, 2020
RAWALPINDI: The admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi assumed the command of Pakistan Navy (PN) as the 22nd chief of the naval staff (CNS), Wednesday, the reins of command were handed over by the outgoing CNS admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi by presenting the traditional scroll, upon the completion of his tenure.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the change of command was formally held in an impressive ceremony at PNS Zafar, the naval headquarters, in the federal capital.

In his farewell address to officers and men of PN, the outgoing CNS admiral Abbasi thanked Allah for enabling him to discharge his duties to the best of his abilities with honesty, justice and dignity.

He underscored that he kept his primary focus on transforming PN into a combat ready force with special emphasis on optimum battle preparedness and professional competence.

The outgoing CNS admiral Abbasi praised the untiring efforts of the finest officers and men of PN who worked as a team to achieve the progress made in all domains in line with his vision.

Highlighting the volatile geo-political landscape with heightened tensions in the preceding years and mentioning of the conflict situation post-Pulwama incident, he remarked that Pakistan’s civil-military unified stance and diplomatic-military push back frustrated Indian designs.

The outgoing CNS admiral Abbasi commended the Pakistan armed forces for giving a befitting response and winning the battle of hearts and minds, shattering the myth of India’s false sense of superiority.

He applauded the professionalism displayed by PN in detecting the intruding India Navy (IN) submarine in Pakistani waters.

The outgoing CNS admiral Abbasi highlighted his initiatives to generate maritime awareness and channelise efforts to jump start the blue economy, with focus on joint exploration of offshore hydrocarbon resources to reap full dividends of Pakistan’s enormous and untapped maritime potential.

In the end, he congratulated the new CNS admiral Niazi on his appointment and reposed complete confidence in the new CNS for leading the PN to new heights and wished him a successful tenure in office.

While relinquishing his command, outgoing CNS admiral Abbasi thanked the government, ministry of defence (MoD), joint staff headquarters (JSHQ) and sister services for rendering all out support to PN in execution of its sacred responsibilities of seaward defence.

Earlier, he was presented the guard of honour.

The change of command ceremony was attended by former naval chiefs, serving and retired PN officers, CPOs/sailors and navy civilians.

Later, the new CNS admiral Niazi laid wreath at martyrs monument at naval headquarters and offered prayers.

He was commissioned in PN operations branch in 1985. A winner of the coveted sword of honour, the admiral has vast experience of both command and staff appointments.

The command appointments of the admiral include command of two type 21 ships PN ship (PNS) Badr and PNS Tariq, commander 18th destroyer squadron, commandant PNS Bahadur, commandant PN war college/commander central Punjab, commander Pakistan fleet and commander Karachi.

His distinguished staff appointments include principal secretary to the CNS, head of F-22P mission in China, deputy CNS (training and evaluation), director general naval intelligence and chief of staff (operations) at naval headquarters, in the federal capital.

The new CNS admiral Niazi is a graduate of army command and staff college Quetta and national defence university (NDU). He also holds a masters degree in underwater acoustics from Beijing university of aeronautics and astronautics, China.

In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz military (HI(M)) and Sitara-e-Basalat (SB). He was also conferred the French medal chevalier (knight) by the government of France.