Admiral Zakaullah takes charge as new navy chief

Says ensuring maritime security mandatory for country’s security and prosperity

Salman Tanvir

ISLAMABAD :  Vice Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah took charge as the new chief of Pakistan Navy on Tuesday as the outgoing Naval Chief Muhammad Asif Sandila retired.  In a ceremony held at Pakistan Naval Headquarters here, the outgoing naval chief Asif Sandila handed over the command of Pakistan Navy to his successor, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah who will be commanding the Navy for next three years.

In his farewell speech, Asif Sandila said Pakistan navy is fully capable to give befitting response to any threat either emanating from domestic or external front. Since assuming the top slot, it was my top priority to bring PN at par with international standard, he maintained.

Speaking on the occasion, newly appointed Naval Chief, Zakaullah vowed to fulfill duties vigorously. He said merit will be strictly followed in the navy.

He went on saying that ensuring maritime security is mandatory for national security for prosperity of the country.

Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah further told the participants that he will further enhance the operational capabilities of Pakistan Navy

“Navy will keep on carrying out its role on a regional as well as a national level adding that he would follow the government policies. He thanked the President for appointing him as the new chief.

It is worth mentioning here that the new navy chief also holds awards such as the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military), President’s Medal and President’s Award for Pride of Performance.

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