MOU between Indo-Pak coast guard, maritime security agency extended

New Delhi: The MOU between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has been extended by mutual consent through diplomatic channels for the period of further five years from 17 March 2016.

The MOU, signed on 3 October 2005, had come into effect on 16 March 2006. It envisaged cooperation between ICG and PMSA through exchange of information on EEZ violations, apprehended vessels, marine pollution, natural disasters/calamities, combating smuggling, illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and piracy, and coordination in search and rescue and return sea passage. It also established a communication link which is operational.

Under the provisions of the MOU, Directors General of ICG and PMSA meet periodically.