On Dec 8 the Pakistan Navy (PN) celebrated the 60th Gwadar Day with zeal and fervor. Gwadar Day is celebrated to mark the merger of Gwadar with the Pakistan in 1958. Gwadar was in possession of Oman since 1783 and was formally handed over to Pakistan in 1958. A Naval platoon led by then Lt.Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey was the first to land at Gwadar and raise Pakistan’s flag there. Daily Times
The hallmark of the day was an impressive ceremony held at PNS AKRAM. The Former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey graced the ceremony as chief guest. The Flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the conduct of boat race, boat rallies and friendly football matches amongst the locals. The enthusiasm of locals in these activities was phenomenal and a large number of spectators enjoyed the rallies and matches. The celebrations were aimed to rekindle awareness about the history of Gwadar among locals, creating healthy environment and to foster civil-military harmony and national cohesiveness among various local communities. The News
Being one of the first government organisations at Gwadar, Pakistan Navy(PN) has always been cognisant of its responsibilities pertaining to the area and its people and has always been committed to the development of the region.Pakistan Navy’s role in health and education sector of coastal areas of Baluchistan specially Gwadar and its efforts for making China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a reality are a manifestation of its commitment towards the region. TheExpress Tribune
Gwadar is an important asset of Pakistan. Gwadar port holds a great strategic and economic significance for Pakistan. It is located at the cross junction of the international sea shipping and oil trade routes. Therefore, it can act as an international trade hub by connecting three regions, i.e. Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.