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Containers seized at Gujarat’s Mundra port were ’empty’: Pakistan Foreign Office


Pakistan’s Foreign Office said on Saturday that the containers seized by Indian authorities on board a Shanghai-bound cargo ship at Mundra port in Gujarat were “empty”. But earlier they were used to transport fuel from China to the K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants in Karachi. Pakistan’s Foreign Office issued this statement to the media amid reports of India’s “seizure of potentially radioactive material” on a cargo ship from Karachi port to Shanghai in China at Mundra port.

According to the Pakistani State Department, officials at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant have informed that these “empty containers” were being returned to China. Those were previously used to transport fuel from China to the K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants in Karachi.

“The containers were ’empty’ and the documents declared the cargo non-dangerous,” the Foreign Office said. According to a statement issued, both the K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants in Karachi and the fuel used in these plants are under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

Adani Ports had said on Friday that a joint team of Directorate of Customs and Revenue Information (DRI) has seized several containers from a foreign vessel at Mundra port on suspicion of being hauled in dangerous goods. According to the ‘Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone’ (APSEZ), the confiscated containers were sent from Karachi in Pakistan to Shanghai in China and were not sent to the Mudra port.

The country’s largest port operator said in a statement on Friday that the cargo was listed as non-hazardous category while the confiscated containers were marked with hazardous Category 7, pointing to radioactive substances. Huh. APSEZ had said, “A joint team of Customs and DRI seized several containers from a foreign vessel at Mundra port on November 18. These containers have been seized on suspicion of transporting dangerous goods without any knowledge.

The statement further said, “These containers were not dispatched to Mundra port or any other port of the country. They were being sent from Karachi to Shanghai in China. However, the government officials have taken these containers off at Mundra port for examination.”

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