Govt endorses summary to get 8 submarines from China, defence committee told
ISLAMABAD: Naval officials informed the Standing Committee on Defence Monday that the federal government has endorsed a summary to get eight submarines from China.
Pakistan's military has long been a major importer of defence equipment, particularly from key ally China.
After the Cold War ended Pakistan began to deepen defence and economic ties with China.
The committee was informed that Secretary of the Economic Affairs division Muhammad Saleem Sethi would be leaving for China tomorrow where the issue is expected to come under discussion.
委员会被告知，经济事务司司长Muhammad Saleem Sethi（穆罕穆德 萨勒姆 赛地）明天将前往中国商讨相关事宜。
The officials also said that the national security committee will give the final nod to go ahead with the plan to get eight submarines from China.
"Other proposals are under consideration as well. The Pakistan navy is also in touch withGermany, Britain and France to purchase used submarines," officials informed the committee.
Keeping in view the level of threat and the present status of submarines, naval officials said Pakistan needed the latest submarines.
The naval officials also revealed that France had refused to provide submarines to Pakistan.
They said there seemed to be various reasons behind France's refusal to sell submarines to Pakistan — including an issue of technology transfer. On the other hand, they said France was selling its submarines to India.
The naval officials rejected some committee members' concerns that Chinese technology was not of satisfactory quality.They said there was no such issue at hand as JF-17 has proven to be a world class military jet.
The officials informed the standing committee that Pakistan's defence relations with Russia were also improving.
On the other hand, there appeared to be a divide among committee members whether Pakistan should send troops to Saudi Arabia.
Defence Secretary Lieutenant General (retd) Alam Khattak said that the Pakistan Army would abide by the government's decision on whether to send troops to Saudi Arabia to partake in a military campaign in Yemen.
This was the first time that the defence secretary spelled out the official stance of the Pakistan Army on sending troops to Saudi Arabia to partake in a military campaign in Yemen.
His brief comment came in response to a volley of questions by committee members as to whether military troops would be sent to the Saudi kingdom.
Chairman Sheikh Rohail Asghar maintained that the Pakistan Army should chase terrorists regardless of their location but women members belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) had a different point of view.
（委员会）主席 Sheikh Rohail Asghar 坚持称巴基斯坦军队应该追杀恐怖分子，不管他们身处何方。但是属于统一民族运动党（Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)）以及人民民族党（Awami National Party (ANP)）的女委员对此持不同意见。
They first asked from France & Germany for Submarines & Technology but both declined the demand so obviously next stop China.
2 AWAIS ALI
Russia is also very concerned about defense relation with Pakistan since India diverted towards US. Its commendable job of Pakistan,s foreign policy that we are engaged with both supper power like Russia and China. And also Not bad with US as well.
3 MOHSIN EHSAN
which submarines?? State the type number
A shame for Pakistan & its govt in respect of French refusal to sell submarines. To be honest, I am not surprised considering that India is being flooded with offers from world countries for military provsion including civilain nuclear power by the US under a special deal. Confirms the respect Pakistan enjoys amongst world contries!!!!! lol
As we are getting squeezed out of latest technology , we would do well to come up with low tech solutions like unmanned drone submarines ........they are easy to operate as they don't need life support for humans
we must since our neighbor has them.
7 YOGENDER LODHI
Can Pakistan afford any submarine???
Great decision, we need to look east rather than west.
Oh, so we have the money to buy submarines but not fix load-shedding. Interesting
I doubt the Taliban are concerned - you know the bad guys who have killed around 50,000 of your fellow Pakistanis. Maybe you should spend your defense budget on handing the problem that exist rather than the boogeyman.
Avoid the Chinese and go for the Western or even Russian submarines if possible.Why we cannot build our own submarines when Iran can build its own.
Submarines are critical and an affordable way to protect pakistans coastline. All it takes is one torpedo and an aircraft carrier is done for. I don't trust the French whose fade dense department is rampant in bribes and have no loyalties to their customer. I hope pakistan goes for German technologies and/or jointly develops one with China.
@ZAK Expecting your comments on "Pakistanis seem to love Indians. Do Indians feel the same way"?
Does we have really that budget and professionlism to specify and acquire on time. Never it had happend. Why we are always after cheap third gread steal recycled manytimes in chines mills using to produce Nuclear reactors, submarines. Are these never prooven never tested. Our choice is same like Chines cheap qualaity.....
"The naval officials rejected some committee members' concerns that Chinese technology was not of satisfactory quality.They said there was no such issue at hand as JF-17 has proven to be a world class military jet."One who makes world class jets will ALSO make good submarines?.... ..wow!!!
Nice looking submarine I have to admit.