ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi on Tuesday said Pakistan remained fully
committed to maintain good order at sea and was always
ready to cooperate on maritime issues of global
Addressing the inaugural session of 13th meeting of
Head of Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) here, the
Prime Minister said the dependence of global economy on
oceans continued to increase and the safety and
security of maritime resources and sea lines of
communication had become more important.
The Prime Minister said the role of Pakistan Maritime
Security Agency (PMSA) as the country’s sole maritime
law enforcement agency remained vital and was mandated
to enforce national and international laws, agreements
and conventions in the maritime zone of Pakistan.
He said the government had equipped PMSA with potent
sea-going platforms as well as aircraft fully
functioning at coastal bases.He said Pakistan is
committed to maintain good order at sea.
Abbasi said the government was aware to respond to the
emerging maritime challenges, but there was a need to
commit more resources to enhance its capacity to
smoothly perform these tasks.
He said the efforts included wide-ranging maritime
initiatives, continued participation of command in
multinational task forces of 150 and 151 and regular
hosting of AMAN series of exercises, which were a clear
manifestation of the government’s focus and attention
on maritime affairs.
He said participation in maritime assistance, disaster
relief efforts in Indonesia, Maldives and Sri Lanka and
evacuation of foreign nationals from war-stricken areas
of Yemen was a reflection of capabilities of Pakistan’s
HACGAM spearheaded by Japanese Maritime Guards had
become a vibrant forum to synergize the efforts of
Asian coast guard and maritime security and safety
agencies, and provided a platform to enable its members
share experiences over wide-ranging maritime issues, he
He also complimented the Japanese Coast Guards for
taking the lead in institutionalizing this forum.
PM Abbasi said oceans had always been the highways for
the world for prosperity and remained an unquestioned
most economical medium for trade and transportation.
He mentioned that after the events of 9/11, concerns
for security had accentuated both for land as well as
the sea. Due to greater interdependencies, the oceans’
disturbance in any part resulted in ripple effect
across the globe.
He said in the maritime domain, issues including
terrorism, piracy, illegal trafficking of drugs and
weapons, human trafficking, illegal fishing,
environmental degradation of ocean ecosystem had become
a concern for every state.
The Prime Minister said due to vastness of oceans, the
maritime challenges could not be addressed by a single
nation, thus cooperation to mitigate these challenges
had become a matter of compulsion rather than choice.
He said nations had come together by instituting
various regimes and legal instruments to promote
peaceful uses of seas, equitable and efficient usage of
resources and preservation of marine environment. These
principles were also enshrined in the UN Convention of
Law of the Seas which called upon all states and their
law enforcement entities to act and operate in unison,
The Prime Minister said in Pakistan’s case, more than
95 percent of the trade was dependant on sea, thus sea
lines of communication remained a national lifeline.
He expressed confidence that all the organizations
present at the meeting would cooperate to address
maritime challenges of maritime security and the
deliberations made at this forum would be mutually
beneficial in pursuit of shared objective of maritime
Director General PMSA Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar briefed
the audience about the features of HACGAM and said the
forum was significant in bringing together various
Asian Coast Guards and Maritime Security and Safety
Agencies for sharing their experiences and discussing
issues relating to law and order at sea and common good
of people in the region.
Originally published by INP