Pirates free 4 Pak hostages among 22 others

June 15, 2011 1:17 am0 commentsViews: 1

somali-pirates-pakistanAll twenty two hostages, among them four Pakistanis, were set freed on Monday as ransom quantity of over a pair of million US bucks was dispatched to Somali pirates through a Fokker aircraft, ARY NEWS reports.

The 17,300 deadweight merchant vessel with a cargo of cement baggage from Karachi, Pakistan, destined for Eritrea, was taken over by the pirates within the Gulf of Aden on August a pair of, 2010.

Its crew includes eleven Egyptians, six Indians, four Pakistanis as well as Captain Syed Wasi Hassan and one Sri Lankan.

Pakistanis raised $2.1 million for the discharge of the MV Suez and its 22-member crew comprising Egyptians, Indians, Pakistanis and a Sri Lankan, who were within the custody of Somalian pirates for the past ten months.

The hostages are expected to succeed in Cairo on June twenty for onward travel to Pakistan.

The Egyptians, Indians and also the Pakistanis have held many conferences in Dubai since March to debate and arrange the strategy for the discharge of the vessel and its crew.

Ansar Burney, Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former Pakistan federal minister for human rights, who has raised the money, told ARY NEWS that once hectic negotiations, the pirates had agreed to unleash the vessel and also the crew for a ‘humanitarian aid’ of $2.1 million.

He added that Pakistan’s contribution was handed over to Red ocean Navigation Co. of Port Tawfeeq in Egypt, that was connected with the pirates. "We are giving this cash to Red ocean Navigation as humanitarian aid to assist the crew," Burney said.

Burney came back Karachi these days once completion of all necessary arrangements for unleash of the hostages. He thanked the Governor of Sindh for facilitate in completion of the arrangements.

He flew to Egypt persistently and met the Egyptian operators of the hijacked vessel.

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