The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) took four fishing vessels from India into custody, after they ventured into Pakistani waters. The boats were intercepted near Sir Creek, 10 to 15 kilometers inside Pakistani waters.
While addressing a press conference on Saturday morning, PMSA mission in-charge, Commander Farooq said 23 crew members of the vessels, apparently, fishermen were arrested during the exercise. The deputy director-general, headquarters PMSA, Commodore Jawad Ahmed Qureshi was also present on the occasion
Commander Farooq said “We cannot overrule possible involvement of these boats in false flag operations,” adding that there could have been a threat to national security.
.Commander Farooq explained that two fast-response boats of PMSA were used to intercept the boats, which tried to evade capture. The mission was based on information about the presence of Indian boats near the border.
“In the last two days, PMSA had carried out extensive surveillance and searches of the area despite rough waters,” said the commander, adding that the vessels’ presence was noted in Pakistani waters at 3 am on Friday.
“If, after investigation, they are cleared, the Indian citizens will be handed over to the Docks police for required legal formalities,” said Farooq.
He claimed that Indian fishermen often intruded into Pakistan’s Indus Delta region, which contains better fishing opportunities, to the detriment of their local counterparts.
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17 November, 2019