ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) yesterday launched search efforts to trace a drugs-laden smugglers speedboat which evaded PMSA action on high sea near western international maritime boundary line on Sunday.

The boat escaped with smugglers taking advantage of darkness while PMSA recovered one ton narcotics having international market value of Rs 600 million from the second boat on the same sea route.

Sources in the Ports and Shipping Ministry told The Nation that Director General PMSA Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar, approached the Omani Coastguards in order to find whereabouts of the escaping boat.

PMSA has handed over the recovered contraband narcotics from the detained boat to Pakistan Customs MCC, Gwadar Collectorate for further legal proceedings.

However, details of the detained boat and its smugglers were not immediately available.

PMSA on a tip chased two suspicious speed boats on the weekend near Western International Maritime Boundary Line and was successful in detaining one boat while the other one made its good escape because of darkness.

PMSA is the lone arm mandated to enforce maritime international law within Pakistan’s territorial waters.

It is responsible to secure Pakistan’s coast that extends till 350 Nautical Miles in the sea which makes approximately 290,000 Square Kilometers.

PMSA has a fleet of Ships, Fast Response Boats and Aircrafts for surveillance and has its coastal bases at various locations. It is on the verge of procuring eight new ships which would become part of operational fleet very soon. Moreover, efforts are in hand to procure helicopters and Fixed Wing aircrafts also.