Karachi, March 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): Members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence visited HQ PMSA (Pakistan Maritime Security Agency) on 20 Mar 18. The delegation, led by Shaikh Rohale Asghar, the Chairman of standing committee was welcomed by Director General PMSA Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman, SI (M) at HQ PMSA.
The committee was informed that PMSA came into existence in 1987 and is the sole Maritime Law Enforcement Agency of Pakistan, mandated to enforce national and international laws, agreements and conventions in all the Maritime Zones of Pakistan. It was highlighted that the agency is equipped with numerous potent sea-going platforms as well as aircraft, PMSA undertakes diverse and effective operations at High Seas as well as Internal Waters of Pakistan.
During the visit, the members of National Assembly were briefed in detail about capabilities of PMSA, along with a resume of major search and rescue, anti-poaching, counter-narcotics and anti-smuggling operations undertaken in the recent past. They were also briefed about PMSA’s capability enhancement plans which include the ongoing induction of new ships, fast boats, infrastructure development and future plans of induction of helos and aircrafts to augment PMSA’s search and rescue capability.
The honourable members of National Assembly also proceeded to sea on-board PMSA’s recently-inducted MPV (Maritime Patrol Vessel), PMSS HINGOL, witnessed various operational activities and interacted with Officers and men on-board.
The committee members praised the dedication and professionalism with which PMSA is discharging its duties and responsibilities, despite numerous challenges and resources constraints. The committee acknowledged that the current challenges require strengthening of Pakistan’s Maritime Sector and the need for providing safe and congenial maritime environment. The committee also assured PMSA of their all-out support in its endeavours and development programs to enable PMSA to adequately play its part to protect Pakistan’s maritime and economic interests.
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