Friday, November 25, 2011

Odyssey of a Sailor launched at PNS Karsaz

Jumbo Editorial Team

'Odyssey of a Sailor' authored by Rear Admiral Syed Zahid Hasnain was launched at the Crescent Hall of PNS Karsaz, Karachi, on November 24 in which Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, was the guest of honour.

The Naval Chief described the book as an invaluable narration of the author’s experiences, giving an insight into the trials and tribulations of Pakistan navy during the formative years of the country.

Admiral Asif Sandila said that the book was a living account of a visionary naval officer who had an extraordinary career spanning over 41 years and the Pakistan Navy was grateful to those pioneers who laid the foundation of such a fine service.

Rear Admiral Zahir Shah made a slide presentation of the images in the book and said that the work would prove to be a useful contribution to the naval literature.

The author, Rear Admiral Syed Zahid Hasnain said that the motto of Karsaz, "the impossible we do now, miracles take a little longer" stayed with him during his whole professional life at Karsaz, at Karachi Shipyard and also at the Karachi Port Trust.

He said that during the long period of his job, he had not been involved in any great naval battles or expeditions, but served as an ordinary naval officer both at sea and ashore doing his duty to the best of his abilities.

"On 14th August 1947, the flag of the new country Pakistan was hoisted on our ships that were docked in Bombay. I was posted there to oversee repairs and refits before sending our share of the ships off to Karachi. With the division of assets, a few ships mostly old came to Pakistan's share and the balance went to India,” he recalled.

“The Pakistan Navy had just three engineer officers including myself. In our new country, there were shortages of everything. There was little money, no tables and chairs, no office space, no motor boats, no transport, no depots and no spares of course. We had to start every thing from scratch. There was even no broadcasting station and the first transmission of the Quaid-e-Azam was broadcast by Pakistan Radio from HMPS Godavri," the author pointed out.

The launch ceremony concluded with vote of thanks, presented by Tayabba Habib of SAMA Editorial and Publishing Services.

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