The Government of Pakistan has established a National Coordination Committee for effective implementation of the Satellite-aided Search and Rescue COSPAS-SARSAT Programme in
Pakistan. For this purpose, a Local User Terminal (Pakistan Local User Terminal or PALUT) and a Mission Control Centre (MCC) were commissioned in 1990. This programme provides distress alert and
position location services through the low-earth orbiting satellites. The Committee reviews the effectiveness of various search and rescue organisations in the country and formulates
recommendations on Satellite-Aided Search & Rescue (SS&R) operations, ensuring their consistency with the national plan and compatibility with the COSPAS-SARSAT programme. The Committee
is also involved in drafting of a legislation concerning emergency distress services, in interference monitoring keeping in view of the overall requirements of the International Maritime
Organization (IMO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The requirements of existing / planned Emergency Locators Transmitters
(ELTs), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRBs) test / certification is sought to ensure compatibility with the COSPAS-SARSAT system, and in maintaining a national data base and
providing access to national users.