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Pakistan Wary Of Indian Navy's 'Hegemonic Mindset'

Admiral Noman Bashir, Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff, said Wednesday that the Indian Navy's present force structure and future expansion plans "reflect its hegemonic mindset to further flex its muscles and become a blue-water navy."

Addressing the "Naval Aviation Seminar 2010" in the southern port city of Karachi, he said the Pakistan Navy was keeping a watchful eye on its "Area of Responsibility" to ensure the free flow of traffic and to effectively meet threats and challenges.

As the sea was the most economical medium of transport, sea lanes of communication had become lifelines for survival, economic growth and prosperity of nations, he said.

However, the sea had also been exploited for illicit activities like piracy, drug-smuggling and human-trafficking, he noted, adding protection of maritime trade, safety and security of sea-lanes became Pakistan Nany's main concern.

Framing policies to secure the country's interests and preserving the lawful maritime order in the face of these challenges was a demanding task, Adm. Bashir added.

The Pakistani Navy Chief's remarks came close on the heels of India inducting four of its 45 MiG-29K fourth generation multi-role combat aircraft into its fleet last week.

The MiG-29K aircrafts are to be deployed on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov) once it arrives in the later half of 2012 after refitment.

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