As part of International Task Force
deployment to the Red Sea and part of East Africa, the Pakistan
Navy Ship NASR visited Mombasa recently.
Owing to heavy work load in Nairobi,
H.E. Raza Bashir Tarar, High Commissioner for Pakistan was
unable to personally come to Mombasa in time to welcome the
visiting Pakistan Navy.
Shaahid Sheikh who has been
representing and handling the High Commission’s needs in Mombasa
for the last couple of decades was charged with the
responsibility to welcome the Pakistan Navy accompanied by the
visiting Brigadier Farhan Yousaf Defense Attaché based based in
Pretoria, South Africa.
On his arrival Mission Commander,
Commodore Javaid Iqbal SI (M) of the Pakistan Navy expressed his
joy to be visiting Mombasa and extended warm greetings and good
wishes to H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta - the President of Kenya, H.E.
Hassan Ali Joho - Governor of Mombasa, Kenya Navy, Kenya Port
Authority, the government and people of Kenya.
Our two countries have a long history
of co-operation between the two countries.
There is no doubt that Kenya and
Pakistan will continue to build on the genuine bonds of
friendship and goodwill with exciting prospects that both
countries have to offer each other.
Mother Mary Jacinta – Little Sisters of the Poor (Nyumba
ya Wazee) explains the services provided to the elderly
residents to Captain Rehan Ali Khan, Shaahid Sheikh,
Brigadier Farhan Yousaf and Commodore Javaid Iqbal.
Looking on is Sister Mary Lawrence.
The regular visits by Pakistan’s Navy
to Kenyan Coast, reflects the importance Pakistan places on this
region and in particular Kenya.
The Pakistan Navy remains committed to
humanitarian and peace keeping tasks at all times.
Pakistan Navy had a very busy
schedule. In the morning, they visited Brigadier L. V. Naisho -
Kenya Navy Base Commander in Mombasa, H.E. Hassan Ali Joho -
Governor of Mombasa County, and Hon. Evans Achoki - County
After the official visits visited Noor
Orphanage, Mtongwe and distributed school bags, stationery and
food ration. There after they visited the Little Sisters of the
Poor and provided food ration.
H.E. Raza Bashir Tarar arrived next
day accompanied by his Second Secretary, Mr. Bilal Mohsin, in
time to attend a reception dinner on PNS NASR, hosted for Kenya
Navy Officers, Government and civic officials, Kenya Muslims of
Pakistan origin and select business community, by Commodore
Javaid Iqbal SI (M), Commander 9th Auxiliary & Mine
Captain Rashid Mohamed – Kenya Navy, Captain Rehan Ali
Khan – PNS Nasr, Commodore Javaid Iqbal – Mission
Commander Pakistan Navy, Mr. Evan Achoki – County
Commissioner of Mombasa, Brigadier Farhan Yousaf –
Pakistan Defense Attache, Shaahid Sheikh and Lt Cmd,
Mubashir – Pakistan Navy
Captain Rehan Ali Khan joined the
Pakistan Navy in 1989.
He has done Masters in Strategic
Studies from PN War College and Naval Command Course from China.
In his diversified staff appointments,
the Captain has served as Flag LT to DG PMSA, Divisional Officer
at PNS RAHBAR SO (Information Warfare) and Dy Dir Electronic
Warfare at Naval Headquarters.
Captain Rehan Ali Khan, welcomed
everyone onboard PNS NASR and stated, “it is my immense pleasure
to have you onboard today.
“PNS NASR has the unique distinction
of being the largest ship in Pakistan Navy Fleet and in service
“It is the front line warship tanker
that supports and forms the part of the backbone of Pakistan
Navy Fleet and is termed as “Lifline of the Fleet”.
The ship is manned by highly skilled
crew and professional officers.
Pakistan has always given great
importance to its relations with Kenya.
The Pakistan Navy brings with it a
message of peace and harmony.
Pakistan is a part of the
International Naval Fleet pledged to do all they can to bring
peace and harmony and fight together with Kenya to control the
threat of pirates in the region.