Various points are being examined by the Sri Lankan side of giving permission to Pakistan’s warship. The reconnaissance vessel Yuan Wang-5 was scheduled to arrive at Hambantota port from the Chinese side between August 11 and 17. Colombo did not allow it after Indian protest in this matter. But, now the most powerful warship of the Pakistani Navy’s fleet, PNS Taimur, has been allowed to arrive at Colombo Port. According to information received from sources, PNS Taimur will stop at Colombo Port. It is expected to be at Colombo Port between August 12 and 15. PNS Taimur is manufactured in China. China has given it to the Pakistani Navy. In such a situation, the timing of the arrival of the ships of China and Pakistan to Sri Lanka at the same time is now being taken care of.
Chinese ship was to reach Hambantota port on August 11
The Chinese ship was expected to dock at Hambantota port on August 11, but Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry last week informed the Chinese embassy in Colombo that the approval had been revoked. China is furious over this. In fact, Sri Lanka informed China that keeping in mind the concerns of India, it should postpone the program of its ship to Hambantota Port. Upset over Sri Lanka’s request, China on Monday attacked India, saying it was meaningless to pressurize Colombo citing security concerns.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told the daily press conference that Beijing had taken cognizance of the report. Cooperation between China and Sri Lanka is decided independently by both countries. Our common interests coincide. It does not target any third party. He termed the pressure on Sri Lanka meaningless, citing India’s security concerns. It also said that Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation and it can enter into relations with any third country in the interests of its development.
Such is the warship PNS Taimur
PNS Taimur is the second of the four type 054 A/P frigates built in China. It was commissioned on 23 June 2022. The lead ship of this class is PMNS Tugril and was commissioned on 24 January 2022. China is also building eight Yuan Class-041 diesel attack submarines for Pakistan. It is planned to be handed over to the Pakistani Navy by 2028. Its purpose is believed to be to influence the military area of Indian maritime borders. In such a situation, Indian agencies will keep an eye on the report of PNS Taimur’s dock at Colombo Port.