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Pakistan naval chief in Sri Lanka following Indian naval chief's visit in December last.

Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, is on a five-day visit Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Navy commander, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva. He will be in the island till January 29, a Pakistan High Commission release said.

Earlier in December 2019, the Indian navy chief Adm.Karambir Singh had come on a similar visit, indicating the importance of Sri Lanka in the South Asian and Indian Ocean strategic environment. Earlier in January, the Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was in Colombo to talk to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa about Maritime Domain Awareness, Interoperability of the Sri Lankan and Sri Lankan Coast Guards, technologically improved intelligence gathering, and the setting up of a Maritime Coordinating Center in Sri Lanka.

During his stay in Sri Lanka, the Pakistani navy chief Adm. Abbasi will meet the Commanders of the Sri Lanka Navy, Army, Air force and the Defence Secretary. He will also call on the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi joined Pakistan Navy on 13 January 1979 and undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, UK. He got commission in Operations Branch in June 1981 and won the coveted 'Sword of Honour'.

His key staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans), Chief Inspector (Navy), Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) and Chief of the Staff at Naval Headquarters.

The Admiral holds Master's degree in War Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad. He has also done Command and Staff Course from Royal Australian Navy Staff College.

In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) by Government of Pakistan.

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Date:Jan 28, 2020
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