Karachi: Bid to smuggle 60,000 litres of diesel foiled
KARACHI: The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and Pakistan Customs in a joint operation thwarted an attempt to smuggle approximately 60, 000 litres of diesel oil into Pakistan from a neighbouring country.
Lt Cdr Farooq of PSMA giving details of the joint operation the other day said two boats Al-Shabbir and Al-Akhtari were intercepted in the high seas and 20 crew members involved in fuel smuggling were apprehended and handed over to the concerned authorities.
The agency is maintaining regular surveillance of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to safeguard the nation’s maritime interest, he said.
Lt Cdr Farooq said this was the fifth major PMSA operation that foiled fuel smuggling attempt during the current year.
PMSA corvettes, since May 2011, have also cleared 653 Indian fishing boats involved in illegal fishing inside Pakistan EEZ he said and mentioned that 31 boats were taken into possession. The official also mentioned that attempts to smuggle liquor was also foiled twice this year and 2, 134 bottles along with 31, 272 beer cans were confiscated by PMSA during its operation within EEZ.
He said that PMSA was the only Maritime Law-Enforcing Agency mandated to protect the economic interest of the country in the high seas in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS-82).