Pakistan ready to cooperate on maritime issues of global concern: PM

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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

concern.

 

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

naval forces.

 

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

said.

 

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,

he said.

 

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

security.

 

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

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