Maritime Security: A Case Study of Pakistan
Keywords:CPEC, BRI, Maritime Security, RMSP, CTF 150, CTF 151
Maritime has been long neglected in Pakistan. Unfortunately, we also mixed the naval and maritime strategy. Gaining control of the sea lanes of communication SLOC plays a critical part in any conflict with a maritime component. Pakistan Navy has become a very active force and is the defender of the maritime borders. In recent years, their engagement in the region has grown. CPEC under BRI has further changed the contours of maritime security in Pakistan. The PN's reliance on the west in terms of the military is diminishing because of its larger reliance on China and other states like Turkey. PN has become a very important actor on national and international forums. It has led various maritime missions like CTF 151 and is part of CTF150. It also initiated Regional Maritime Security Patrols and launched its first formal maritime doctrine showing its seriousness towards defending and preserving freedom of the seas. Moreover, it is also very active in terms of diplomacy. It is engaged with various African states and thus maintaining its relevance. It is now ardently working to build up its naval capabilities in collaboration with China and Turkey as well. It has emerged as a more responsive force eager to maintain peace and stability in the region and thus is complying with international norms and regulations.
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