PNS Nasr returns from Africa completing humanitarian mission

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – April 15, 2021
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Navy (PN) ship (PNS) Nasr arrived at Karachi port, Wednesday, after completing three months long successful humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) mission to African countries.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, during the deployment to African continent, PNS Nasr delivered 1,000 tons of rice as gift from people of Pakistan at Djibouti, Sudan, Benin and Niger.

The PN ship also undertook goodwill visit to Mombasa, Kenya.

The HADR mission was planned after Niger was hit by flash floods and drought in 2020, causing widespread devastation.

During port calls, the PN ship was extended warm welcome by the higher authorities of host navies.

As a gesture of goodwill and humanitarian support, food aid was handed over to the local authorities of Djibouti, Sudan, Benin and Niger.

The dignitaries of host countries paid special tribute to the government of Pakistan (GoP) and PN for this kind gesture and humanitarian assistance.

Besides, during interactions warmth and mutual desire to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between Pakistan and the visiting countries was also highlighted.

Upon arrival at Karachi port, PNS Nasr was received by Pakistan Fleet commander and other high-ranking officials from PN besides representatives of ministry of foreign affairs.

PN band was also present on the occasion and played Pakistan tunes and national anthem.

The mission was planned in line with the GoP’s policy of ‘Engage Africa’ to open new vistas of bilateral cooperation with African countries and further strengthen the bonds of friendship.