PMSA intercepts Indian boats operating into Pakistani waters
KARACHI: Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) in the wee hours of Friday took into custody four fishing boats of India near Sir Creek, 10-15 NM inside Pakistani waters.
Commander Farooq, mission in-charge of the exercise, addressing a press conference Thursday morning, said 23 crew members of the vessels, apparently fishermen, were also arrested during the exercise.
"We can not overrule possible involvement of these boats in false flag operations,” said Commander Farooq, reiterating that it could had been risk for national security.
Deputy Director General, Headquarters – PMSA, Commodore Jawad Ahmed Qureshi was also present on the occasion.
Commander Farooq said two fast response boats of PMSA were used in the clandestine operation to intercept the boats, manned by crew that apparently were fishermen.
These men were said to have adopted evasive manoeuvre to avert getting apprehended.
As for the mission itself, he said it was based on an information about presence of Indian boats operating near Pakistan-India borders with all chances of their entering into Pakistan’s water territory.
The official said it was on basis of reliable information that extensive patrolling along the border was initiated through active involvement of agency’s ships and fast response boats besides its aircraft to keep strict vigil and update presence of any suspected vessel.
During last two days, PMSA had carried out extensive surveillance and search of the area reported to be registered with suspicious activities, said the official.
Mentioning that it was around 3 am Friday that presence of suspected boats was noticed within 1-1 nautical miles of the international maritime boundary line, i.e. inside Pakistani waters, he said the agency started with its search operation despite severely rough sea conditions. – APP