Beijing: Pakistan plans to deepen
military cooperation with China as it seeks to buy bigger
naval ships with more firepower in addition to several
frigates it has already ordered from its "all weather" ally.
Pakistan hopes to buy bigger ships with more firepower
from China, such as 4,000 ton class frigates, Pakistan Naval
Chief Admiral Noman Bashir said on Friday.
He said Pakistan Navy is very satisfied with the
performance of the F-22P frigate it bought from China. Two of
the four F-22P frigates it ordered are already in service in
Pakistan Navy, with the third one scheduled to be commissioned
on September 15 this year.
It is also expected that all the four ships will be in
service by 2013.
"We are very happy with the performance, and some
technology is as good as in Western countries," Bashir was
quoted as saying by the state run China Daily today.
Pakistan has proposed to develop strategic maritime
cooperation with China in both military and commercial sects,
such as in fishery, economic development zones, and cargo, he
"The friendship between China and Pakistan is greater
than the Himalayas and deeper than the Ocean. We already made
progress in air force and other areas, now we should further
and expand the cooperation in Navy, a broadly-based relation,"
He also said Pakistan’s strategic geographical
location in the Arabian Sea and its long coastline could
contribute to the missions of Chinese navy, particularly in
the context of energy need from the Persian Gulf.
Pakistan also has rich experiences in countering
illegal activities at sea in order to maintain maritime
security, four ships participated in anti-piracy operations,
and there has been no act of maritime terrorism in its region
in the recent past.
"We can provide facilities, ports, logistics,
maintenance among other things (to Chinese navy), said a
Pakistan Navy official.
Pakistan hopes to buy more ships from China, UK and
France according to its development plan, he said.