MV Suez crew likely to reach Karachi by Wednesday
The MV Suez's 22-member crew, including six Indians, who were freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom, are expected to reach Karachi in a naval vessel by Wednesday or Thursday, a Pakistan Navy official said on Monday.world Updated: Jun 20, 2011 23:38 IST
The MV Suez's 22-member crew, including six Indians, who were freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom, are expected to reach Karachi in a naval vessel by Wednesday or Thursday, a Pakistan Navy official said on Monday.
“The crew members have been transferred to the PNS Babar and they are expected to reach Pakistan either late on June 22 or early on June 23," the navy official, who did not want to be named, told PTI.
The crew, including the Indians, four Pakistanis, 11 Egyptians and a Sri Lankan, boarded the Pakistani warship on Sunday after the MV Suez ran out of fuel and started sinking.
The crew will be transferred from PNS Babar to another warship, PNS Zulfiqar, for the voyage to Pakistan. This is being done as PNS Babar is currently deployed for a counter-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and cannot sail to Pakistan.
The Pakistan Navy launched the Operation Umeed-e-Nuh (New Hope) to rescue the crew after MV Suez captain Wasi Hasan requested the evacuation of his crew to save their lives.
It could not be ascertained what arrangements were being made by Pakistani authorities to repatriate the foreign members of the Suez's crew after their arrival in Karachi.
It is also not known if the foreign crew members possess their passports and valid travel documents or if these had been stolen by the pirates.
Officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said they had not yet been contacted by Pakistani authorities about making any arrangements for the Indian crew members.
But Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney said when the sailors reach Karachi, they will be sent back to their respective countries.
“I hope this will be a good gift to India from my side,” said Burney, who has played a pivotal role in securing the release of the crew.
First Published: Jun 20, 2011 11:35 IST