Tensions between India and Pakistan are rising after a militant attack which killed over 40 Indian troops in disputed Kashmir on 14 February 2019. As the North Club informs, port operations are continuing as normal, however any Indian ship calling at Pakistan may be considered as a concern under the current situation.
Namely, there are reports that 40 paramilitary police were killed during the suicide attack on an Indian security convoy in Pulwama in Indian administered Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) a Pakistan-based militant group, have claimed responsibility for the incident.
Despite Pakistan refusing any involvement in the attack, India retaliated with two air force jets, crossing the de facto border that divides Kashmir targeting a Pakistan militant camp. Pakistan also responded by shooting down both Indian fighter jets and capturing one of the pilots.
Regarding shipping, North’s local correspondents in Pakistan have advised port operations are operating as normal.
Nonetheless, port officials have warned that in case of an emergency, any ship at berth would need to be shifted immediately.
In addition, while there are not any formal notices, correspondents believe any vessel with an Indian crew on board calling to a Pakistan port, may be a cause for concern under current tensions.