US demands that Pakistan seize an Iranian oil tanker

Aug 13 2020

The Government has seized an Iranian ship at the request of the United States for the transfer of oil at the port of Karachi, a Pakistani senator said.

Rahman Malik, secretary of Pakistan's Senate Internal Affairs Committee, warned of Iran’s oil transfer to The Fars News Agency, according to the International Economic Saif news agency, and said it was a major international issue and could ultimately lead to pressure against Pakistan.

Referring to the seizure of an Iranian ship in the port of Karachi for the so-called Iranian oil smuggling to Pakistan, he said, "Given that such measures are a violation of sanctions against Iran and have no legal basis in Pakistan, it is an important international issue that could put Pakistan under pressure."

The Iranian ship was seized by a U.S. organization who then informed the Pakistani government to seize it, the Pakistani official said in a warning to Pakistan’s interior ministry.

The U.S. agency has asked the Pakistani government to take legal action against the import, export and refining of Iranian oil.

Malik called on the Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan to put an investigation into the parties involved in importing crude and gasoline from Iran to Pakistan on the agenda.

He also called for investigations into similar measures in the past and the distribution of imported fuel from the site of the action in the country's fuel distribution network.

He says the information about the ship's cargo was incorrect.


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