Pakistan and Saudi navies share unique bond, top official says

Capt. Shahid Wasif, Commanding Officer of Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) SAIF, hosted a reception dinner in honor of the Saudi Naval Officers, diplomats, Pakistani media and Community representatives, on Monday, on the ship deck at Jeddah Islamic Port. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah)
Updated 16 October 2018

Pakistan and Saudi navies share unique bond, top official says

  • Capt. Wasif acknowledges Kingdom’s support in promoting bilateral ties
  • Says Islamabad will continue to safeguard waters of friendly countries

ISLAMABAD: Thanking the Saudi government for its hospitality towards naval officials visiting the Kingdom, Capt. Shahid Wasif, Commanding Officer of PNS Saif, said that the Pakistan Navy would continue its mission to safeguard and enhance bilateral relations with friendly countries.

Addressing the reception — hosted on board PNS Saif which is currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia —  in honor of Saudi Naval Officers and diplomats, at the Jeddah Islamic Port on Monday, Capt. Wasif added that the navies of both countries enjoyed a unique bond as some officers had trained together at the Pakistan Naval Academy, in Karachi.

“Navies of both countries have also held a number of joint trainings and exercises, including the Naseem-ul-Bahr joint naval exercise,” Capt. Wasif said.

Capt. Tariq Al Seeri, a representative of the Saudi Royal Navy, Pakistan’s acting Consul General, Shaiq Bhutto, and other consulate officials also attended the event which began with the national anthems of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, a statement issued by Pakistani Consulate in Jeddah, said.

“Saudi Arabia has a very significant role and position in the region. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have time tested and mutually supportive relations,” Capt. Wasif said, adding that Pakistan believes in promoting peace both at a regional and international level and “will always remain committed to the cause”.

He acknowledged the vision of the Saudi leadership to promote bilateral ties, while expressing a desire to “broaden Pakistan Navy’s cooperation with Saudi Navy”, the statement said.

US Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

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US Coast Guard seizes $500 million worth of cocaine

  • Officers arrested 49 suspects on the boats that were being used to transport the drugs
  • Officials say there are indications that the use of cocaine is on the increase

US authorities seized about 18.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of $500 million in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the US Coast Guard said on Friday.
The cocaine was taken off the Coast Guard cutter James in the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday after it was confiscated from 15 drug smuggling vessels in the international waters, the Coast Guard said.
Multiple US Coast Guard cutters helped seize the drugs of Mexico, Central and South America, it said.
Some 49 suspects were also arrested and will be prosecuted in southern Florida, the Miami Herald reported.
Cocaine remains one of the most popular illegal drugs in the United States, where most of the world’s cocaine is consumed, according to federal officials.
“There are troubling early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade,” the US State Department said in a global narcotics trade report in 2017.
Potential global cocaine output reached 1,410 tons in 2016, the highest level ever estimated, the United Nations said in a report on drugs and crime in 2018.