In Pakistani Waters, the Navy Detects an Indian Submarine

October 21, 2021

The Pakistan Navy, with its unwavering vigilance and professional competence, detected and prevented an Indian submarine from entering Pakistani waters on October 16.

The Indian Navy had previously made similar attempts in 2016 and 2019, both of which were successfully thwarted. During the current security environment, the Pakistan Navy has kept a close eye on the country’s maritime borders, according to an ISPR news release. “It is the third incident of its kind in which an Indian naval submarine has been detected and tracked by PN Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft,” the ISPR said.

According to the report, the Oct. 16 incident was the third time an Indian submarine was detected and tracked by the Pakistan Navy’s long-range maritime patrol aircraft. “The recent incident reflects the deplorable Indian machinations in relation to Pakistan Navy’s commitment and resolve to defend the motherland’s maritime frontiers,” the statement reads. There had been two previous attempts, in March 2019 and November 2016, when Indian submarines were tracked and pushed clear of Pakistani waters.

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea prohibits a state from conducting maneuvers or exercises in another coastal state’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or continental shelf without its consent. The term “exclusive economic zone” (EEZ) refers to an area of coastal water and seabed within a certain distance of a country’s coastline that cannot be entered without permission or prior notice. Pakistan’s territorial waters extend for 12 nautical miles, and its seabed territory (EEZ) increased to 290,000 square kilometers in 2015.

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