Pakistan Navy comes to escort freed MV Suez

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New Delhi, Jun 15: In a blow to India's face, Pakistan has come forward to help Indian sailors who are on the Navy vessel MV Suez that was released by Somali pirates after Indian Navy failed to do the same.

PNS Babar, a Pakistani Naval Ship has promised to volunteer MV Suez and escort the vessel to Salalah, Oman, said a crew member.

The abandoned Navy vessel MV Suez, that was released by Somali pirates on Monday, Jun 13, was attacked again by pirates on Wednesday, Jun 15.

The six Indian sailors who are set out to come back home after spending ten months being held hostage by Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden were released after paying a huge ransom by Ansar Burney, a Pakistani human rights activist.

Abdul Mathar, the owner of the ship told the media that it took long for them to establish contact with the crew on the ship. He also thanked Ansar Burney, the Pakistani human rights activist for his efforts and said that it was him who negotiated with the pirates and brought down the amount to $2 million.

Somali pirates had released the hijacked MV Suez on Monday Jun 13. The 22 people who were freed by the hijackers included Indians from Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, one each from J&K, Himachal and two Indians, four from Pakistan, eleven from Egypt and one from Sri Lanka.

Pakistan and India was supposed to raise $500,000 and $60,000 respectively, whereas the Egyptian shipping company was supposed to give $1million. Despite of setting a deadline, India failed to fulfill its promise.

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