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Pakistan Coast Guard (Urdu: پاک ساحلی فوج) (PCG), formerly called the Maritime Security Agency and was originally part of the Pakistan Army. The 2,500-strong Pakistan Coast Guard, headquartered in Karachi, is responsible for maritime law, and maintenance of seamarks, border control, anti-smuggling operations, and other services. It was made independent in 1994. It has also upgraded its facilities and fleet to counter the threat of smugglers and terrorists. The PCG has a fleet of 23 small craft, but the exact number of personnel assigned to the PCG remains classified.

The PCG Headquarters are at Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road, Saddar, Karachi. It is commanded by a director-general with the rank of brigadier, seconded from the Pakistan Army.

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The Organisation

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Headquarters

The Headquarters comprises G Branch, AQ Branch, Intelligence Wing, Record Wing, Ordnance Branch, Signals Branch, Headquarters Wing and PCG Hospital.

PCG Battalions

PCG Battalions are led by commandants with the rank of lieutenant colonel, seconded from the Army. The Battalions are located as follows:

The battalions are each subdivided into 3-4 companies (commanded by majors/captains seconded from the Army).

Marine Company

The Marine Company is a PCG unit based at Karachi, commanded by a lieutenant commander, seconded from the Navy.

Animal Transport Company

AT Coy is based in Korangi with a Training Wing and is responsible for maintaining horses, camels and cattle for use in the field, as well as a dog section. It is commanded by a seconded captain from the Remount, Veterinary and Farm Corps (RV&FC) of the Army.

Roles of PCG

Anti-smuggling

To keep a check on smugglers and stop their activities of smuggling (inbound as well as outbound) through the sea routes. PCG Battalions have special check posts all along the coastal belt and also pickets the threatened areas randomly. In addition, The Intelligence Wing has a network of agents and informers and establish pickets in consultation with Commandants of the PCG Battalions when a potential smuggling activity is reported to take place. PCG has been equipped with modern communication and surveillance equipment; including radars, to perform this task.

Human Trafficking

The Pakistan Coast Guard has in recent years, undertaken greater operations against human smuggler networks operating in the coastal waters, notably from India, Bangladesh and South East Asia. The Government and Coast Guard of Pakistan have been under immense pressure to apprehend and dismantle the human trafficking network which have allowed illegal migrants and in many cases Indian spies, into Pakistan's port cities such as Karachi, and conduct terrorist acts such as bombings, industrial sabotage and stoking ethnic tension. The Coast Guard has seen recent successes in combating this issue.

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Simple English

Pakistan Coast Guard (Urdu: پاک ساحلی فوج) (PCG), is responsible for the law at sea, maintenance of seamarks, border control, and other services. It was recently made independent from the army. It has also upgraded its facilities and fleet to counter the threat of smugglers and terrorists. The PCG has a fleet of 23 small craft but the exact number of personnel assigned to the PCG remains a secret.


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