KARACHI: “A huge stock of drugs was seized by a Pakistan Navy (PN) ship operating in the North Arabian Sea during maritime security operations in Pakistan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ),” said a press report from the PN.
The PNS Aslat conducted a highly risky operation involving surveillance in the area, seized 5,000 Kgs of hashish that is worth millions of dollars.
“After gathering credible evidence, Special Warfare teams of PNS Aslat boarded the suspected vessel, undertook a search operation and seized 5,000kgs of Hashish,” said the PN statement.
The seized narcotics and suspects were later handed over to the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).
“The success of Pakistan Navy ship in interrupting the flow of narcotics highlights the importance accorded by Pakistan Navy in patrolling the waters of North Indian Ocean to ensure a free flow of legitimate commerce and deny the use of high seas to terrorists and all associated miscreants,” added the PN statement.
PNS Aslat is an F-22P frigate capable of undertaking a wide variety of combat as well as full spectrum maritime security operations at sea.
The ship was deployed as part of the Multinational Combined Task Force-150 (CTF-150), which is part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
Task Force-150 is mandated to ensure maritime security to prevent terrorism and associated illegal activities.