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Coordination center set up to safeguard maritime interests

KARACHI: Pakistan has set up the Joint Maritime Information and Coordination Center to exploit the country’s marine interests and enhance their security.

The facility was inaugurated by Federal Defence Minister Navid Qamar at a ceremony held at PNS Qasim Manora on Thursday.

During a media briefing following the inaugural ceremony, Pakistan Navy Commander Coast Rear Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi said Indian fishermen ‘stole Pakistani fish worth 8 billion a year’ due to lack of coordination between the institutions.

He said the Somali pirates were operating near Pakistani waters but they were pushed back.

The newly launched coordination center would consist of the Pakistan Navy, KPT, Port Qasim, Gwadar Port, Pakistan Maritime Agency Cost Guards and Sindh and Balochistan Fisheries. The center would facilitate these institutions for information sharing and enhancing their performance through coordination.

Via: http://www.thenews.com.pk/

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