The spokesperson of Pakistan Navy hailed the extension of country’s sea-water limits by saying “acceptance of Pakistan’s demand by the United Nations will also enhance country’s resources.”
“This has made Pakistan the first country in the region whose sea limits have been increased”, he said.
In the year 2005, Pakistan had filed claim for extension in its continental shelf from 200 nautical miles to 350 nautical miles to United Nations Commission on the Limit of Continental Shelf (UNCLOS) which was accepted by the United Nations after four years and surveys worth Rs500 million on May 2009.
The preparation of claim for extension was carried out jointly by the ministry of science and technology (MoST) and the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO).
Delegation of Pakistan led by Permanent Representative to UN, Dr Maleeha Lodhi presented its stance to exceed sea limits in United Nations on March 10, 2015.
Following the detailed argument, UNCLOS approved Pakistan’s demand to extend its continental shelf by 150 nautical miles into the sea on March 19, 2015.
The extension in continental Shelf will provide Pakistan full control on the marine resource lies under the sea.