Navy thwarts major drug smuggling attempt in Arabian Sea

PNS Aslat seizes large quantity of narcotics estimated to be worth thousands of dollars in int’l market, says ISPR

News Desk May 28, 2024
Pakistan Navy ship Aslat seizes narcotics in the north Arabian Sea during regional maritime security patrol. PHOTO: ISPR

The Pakistan Navy (PN) on Tuesday successfully intercepted a significant drug smuggling operation in the northern Arabian Sea, according to a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

During a routine patrol as part of the regional maritime security patrol, the naval ship PNS Aslat seized a large quantity of narcotics. The confiscated drugs are estimated to be worth thousands of dollars in the international market.

This successful operation underscores the navy’s effective maritime surveillance and its commitment to combating drug trafficking. The navy’s warships regularly conduct these patrols to prevent drug smuggling, piracy, and human trafficking at sea.

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On Saturday, the navy deployed the PNS Aslat to conduct regional maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean.

This deployment aims to safeguard merchant vessels entering and exiting Pakistani ports. Additionally, PNS Aslat's presence seeks to enhance the security of international shipping routes, ISPR said.

Throughout its mission, the warship will engage in collaborative efforts with allied nations while also undertaking independent operations.

Equipped with advanced weaponry and sensors, the warship is prepared to tackle diverse threats and execute various maritime missions effectively.


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