KARACHI: Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar HI(M) T.Bt. assumed charge of Chairman Karachi Port Trust on Thursday. He has the distinction of commanding Pakistan Navy Surface Ships, Pak Marines and Special Forces setup of Pakistan Navy during his illustrious career as Naval Officer.
According to a press release issued from KPT media section he got commission in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1983. He later served the Special Operations Forces for a long period. He also underwent US Navy SEAL Course at San Diego California in 1989.
His important staff appointments include Training and Operations Officer with Special Services Group (Navy), Directing Staff and later Chief Instructor at PN War College Lahore, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Training at NHQ), Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet, Commander North, Director General Naval Intelligence and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Admin). Rear Admiral Jamil is a graduate of Indonesian Command and Staff College as well as PN War College. He completed his Armed Forces War Course from National Defence University, Islamabad, in 2005.
Before joining as Chairman KPT he was the Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency at Karachi. As DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, he played a sheet anchor role in the implementation of many new maritime related policies. During his tenure of PMSA, sea crimes were at the minimum and many smugglers got arrested. He made lot of contributions in spreading awareness to curtail the environmental pollution.
Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Basalat (Gallantry) by the Government of Pakistan. Having a thorough knowledge of maritime affairs, he is expected to make the premier port of Pakistan a real vibrant port in the region.