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Commanding Officer of Pakistan Navy Ship ‘Zulfiquar’ calls on Commander of the Navy

Commanding Officer of PNS “Zulfiquar” Captain Zahid Ilyas paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe today (05th of September 2009) at the Naval Headquarters. PNS “Zulfiquar”, a warship belonging to the Pakistan Navy, arrived today on a goodwill visit to Sri Lanka.

Upon its arrival, PNS “Zulfiquar” was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy. Defence Adviser of Pakistan to Sri Lanka Colonel Syed Khurram Hassnain Alam was also present at the welcoming ceremony held at the Port of Colombo.

PNS “Zulfiquar”, a Destroyer, is 123m long, 13.2m wide and 30.7m in height. It has a displacement of 3143.9 tons and a crew of 14 officers and188 sailors.

The ship’s visit to Sri Lanka is expected to strengthen the existing ties and cooperation between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. As members of SAARC, both countries share much in common. Educational, cultural, trade and military exchange programs between the two nations play a vital role in strengthening the existing diplomatic ties. Sri Lanka Navy in particular has benefitted much from training courses offered by the Pakistan Navy. The Pakistan Navy offers many berths to follow advanced Naval training in their prestigious training establishments to its Sri Lankan counterpart, annually.

PNS ‘Zulfiquar’, which set sail from Kelang in Malaysia, its last port of call, is set to proceed back home to Karachi in Pakistan upon completing its goodwill visit to Sri Lanka.

Navy Commander presenting a Memento to
Commanding Officer of PNS Zulfiquar
Commanding Officer of PNS Zulfiquar presenting
a Memento to Navy Commander
   
Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe
in conversation with the Commanding Officer of
PNS Zulfiquar Captain Zahid Ilyas