Four fishing boats of India near Sir Creek were taken into custody by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). These boats were 10-15 nautical miles inside Pakistani waters.
Mission in-charge of the exercise Commander Farooq addressed a press conference and said that 23 crew members of the vessels, apparently fishermen, were arrested during the exercise.
Commander Farooq said, “We cannot overrule possible involvement of these boats in false flag operations.”
On the occasion the deputy director-general, headquarters PMSA, Commodore Jawad Ahmed Qureshi was also present.
As per the commander, Farooq two fast-response boats of PMSA were used in the clandestine operation to intercept the boats. It was manned by the crew that was apparently fishermen.
These men adopted the evasive movement to avoid getting caught. Farooq said that the mission itself was undertaken on the basis of info regarding the presence of Indian boats operating near Pakistan-India borders having all the chances of their entering Pakistani waters.
The official said that it was on the basis of reliable information that high patrolling on the border was started via active involvement of agency’s ships and fast-response boats besides its aircraft. This was to ensure strict vigilance and update the presence of any suspected vessel.
PMSA undertook extensive surveillance in the last couple of days and searched the area. It was around 3am on Friday that the presence of suspected boats was noticed inside Pak waters.
In answer to a query Commander Farooq said “After investigation and if found clear, the Indian citizens will be handed to the Docks police for required legal formalities.”