KARACHI: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he remains committed to meeting every requirement of Pakistan Navy to the extent possible to adequately equip it for the discharge of duty.
'Inshallah you will never feel wanting in the required funding for meeting your defence needs', he remarked while speaking as the chief guest at the commissioning ceremony of submarine Hamza at Pakistan Navy Dockyard here on Friday evening.
The Prime Minister congratulated the group of engineers, workmen and crew of submarine Hamza for this fine achievement.
On the occasion, he also announced a cash award of Rs 10 million to the proud workmen of the Agosta 90B project in recognition of their efforts.
Referring to the induction of submarine Hamza, the Prime Minister said today is indeed a great day for Pakistan as the first-ever indigenously constructed Agosta 90B fitted with MESMA Propulsion System is being commissioned in Pakistan Navy.
PM Gilani said he feels honored to be here on this historic occasion.
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said this event is an important landmark for Pakistan as the third Agosta 90B class submarine Hamza is joining the Pakistan Navy fleet.
He said the induction of this submarine will certainly give Pakistan Navy a qualitative edge over her adversary as the MESMA System greatly enhances the under water endurance of the Submarine.
The Prime Minister said we are grateful to the Government of France for its steadfast support in the Agosta project leading to the transfer of this important technology to our country.
He commended the wonderful job done by all the members of the French team of engineers, technicians and workers alongside their Pakistani counterparts to make this project a success.
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani also paid reverence to those 11 French engineers and technicians involved in this project who lost their lives in May 2002 in a terrorist attack.
He said we will always honour and revere their sacrifices and he also conveyed heartfelt condolences to their grieved families and sympathies to those who were injured in that heinous incident.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that Pakistan greatly values its very cordial, multi-faceted relations with France and particularly considers France as one of its most important partners in the defence cooperation field.
He said Pakistan Air Force with the largest fleet of Mirage 3 and 5 and now Pakistan Navy with Agosta submarines are among the main users of French military assistance.
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan would like to further strengthen these ties as well as our bilateral cooperation with France in trade, economic and investment fields.
He welcomed French President Sarkozy's desire for building long-term multi-dimensional relationship with Pakistan and hoped that both sides will make tangible progress towards this mutually shared goal during his forthcoming visit to Pakistan in the near future.
The Prime Minister said that by the grace of Almighty Allah Pakistan has joined the ranks of those nations who have the capability to construct modern submarines.
He was confident that the successful completion of submarine Hamza will strengthen our confidence in the capability of our engineers and workmen who have always come up to the expectations of the nation.
The Prime Minister said indigenization especially of the defence products has been the consistent policy of the government and added that we are pursuing this objective vigorously.