President AJK, Naval Chief discuss Kashmir dispute, regional security matters
President AJK praised resolve, support of Pakistan Armed Forces to the cause of Kashmiris
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan called Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad today (Monday).
During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including the latest security situation in the Kashmir region and human rights violations in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir were discussed.
While showing solidarity, the Naval Chief reiterated the resolve that the entire Pakistani nation and Pakistan Navy will continue to support the struggle of the Kashmiri people.
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir praised and acknowledged the resolve, commitment and support of the Pakistan Armed Forces to the cause of Kashmiris.
On the other hand, Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami assumed the responsibilities as Commander Karachi (COMKAR) during the Change of Command ceremony held in Karachi. Vice Admiral Faisal Rasul Lodhi handed over the Command to the newly appointed Commander Karachi. Upon assumption of Command, Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami is now Commander of all training units of Pakistan Navy at Karachi.
Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in July 1989. The Admiral has an illustrious career with wide-ranging Command and Staff experience. His major Command appointment was Commanding Officer of PNS KHAIBAR. His distinguished Staff appointments include Directing Staff at NDU, Director Naval Development Plans, Director Naval Operations, and Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operational Plans), and Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff at Naval Headquarters Islamabad. The Admiral has also performed duties as Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. Prior to assumption of duties Commander Karachi, the Admiral was serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters Islamabad.
Rear Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami got his initial training from Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, UK. He is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore; National Defence University, Islamabad; Naval Command & General Staff College Philippines and Royal College of Defence Studies UK. The Admiral is a Principal Warfare & Navigation specialist. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Security and strategy from King’s College London.
The Admiral has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) by the Government of Pakistan in recognition of his meritorious services.
During the Change of Command ceremony, the Admiral was presented Guard of Honour and introduced to the Commandants/ Commanding Officers of units under Command. The ceremony was attended by Pakistan Navy officers, CPOs/ Sailors, and Navy Civilians.