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Karamat Rehman Niazi of ‘Ghazi’ submarine fame dies

Islamabad: Admiral Karamat Rehman Niazi, Pakistan’s former Chief of the Naval Staff has died and laid to rest in Islamabad on Tuesday.

His funeral prayers were attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, former naval chiefs, retired and serving services officials and civilians.

The admiral had an illustrious naval career spanning over four decades. He had the unique honour of being the first commanding officer of Pakistan’s first Submarine GHAZI, remained pioneer commander of submarines squadron and director of submarine operations. The admiral was one of the valiant war veteran who saw action in both 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. During the war of 1965, the admiral was commanding maiden Pakistani submarine GHAZI and under his bold and able leadership, GHAZI kept the entire Indian fleet confined in its harbour. “Not only this naval action infused fear in the enemy lines but provided significant strategic leverage to Pakistan,” said the Pak Navy press release. The admiral in all his professional pursuits exhibited dynamic leadership skills, impeccable moral strength, extraordinary professional competence and highest sense of responsibility.

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar has offered condolence on the death of Karamat Rehman Niazi.

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