Pak to introduce anti-piracy bill in Parliament: Gilani

PM said bill aims to give Navy proper mandate to discharge responsibilities.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 12:22 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistan government will introduce a bill in Parliament on anti-piracy measures to give the Navy a proper mandate to discharge its responsibilities,
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Thursday.

Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Noman Bashir.

He also said the government has allocated adequate resources to equip the armed forces with state of the art technologies.

He assured Bashir that the government will introduce a bill in Parliament to legislate on anti-piracy measures and give the Pakistan Navy the "proper mandate to discharge their responsibilities in this regard".

Gilani referred to a discussion in Parliament on Wednesday regarding piracy in the Gulf of Eden and the Red Sea and asked Bashir to take up the issue with concerned countries.

He issued instructions to the Foreign Office to arrange the repatriation of shipmen abducted by pirates. Gilani observed that handing over command of a multinational anti-piracy task force to Pakistan is a manifestation of the international community’s trust in the Pakistan Navy to maintain peace in the region.

Bashir informed the Prime Minister about the "Amn Exercise" to be hosted by Pakistan Navy in March. The exercise is held every two years and ships, marines, aircraft and international observers from 29 countries will participate in this year’s manoeuvres, said Bashir.

The naval chief also informed Gilani that the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation has been invited to Pakistan to discuss piracy issues and measures to build the capacity of the Navy to tackle this menace.