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Saudi ambassador calls on Admiral Zafar Mahmood

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki met Pakistan Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Friday.

According to details, the Saudi envoy called on Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and discussed to further the cooperation on naval defense.

The two dignitaries also deliberated on maritime security among other matters of mutual interest.

The naval chief apprised the Saudi ambassador on regional maritime security patrols in the Arabian Sea, while the Saudi envoy appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Navy in maintaining the regional stability.

Few days earlier, Pakistan Navy in an anti-narcotics operation near Ormara recovered around 1500 kilograms of Hashish worth millions of dollars, a Navy spokesman said on Monday.

A spokesperson of the force said that the intelligence based operation was carried out in coordination with the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).

The seized Hashish has been handed over to the ANF for further legal proceedings, Pakistan Navy statement said.

Pakistan Navy is determined to fulfill its national responsibility to protect the country’s maritime frontiers and to ensure the rule of law in the Indian Ocean, spokesman said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency previously in a joint anti-drug raid in southern part of the Arabian Sea had seized three tons of Hashish.

A Pakistan Navy spokesman had said that such operations will be useful to curb the illegal activities in the Sea.

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