Nine months on: Gwadar fishermen still in Somali captivity

Published: October 12, 2011
Victims’ families term society, administration ‘lethargic’. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Victims’ families term society, administration ‘lethargic’. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


The authorities couldn’t care less, complained families of the 11 fishermen from Gwadar, who were kidnapped eight months ago by Somali pirates when their boat drifted into the open sea.

Expressing disappointment on Tuesday at the government’s indifference to their plight, relatives of the kidnapped fishermen termed the administration and society “lethargic”.

The fishermen, who were captured by Somali pirates, along with their launch back in February, include Ibrahim, Rahim Bakhsh, Tahir, Saleh Muhammad, Qadir Bakhsh, Younus Muhammad Ali, Khuda Bakhsh, Rafiq and Hanif.

Initially, the victims were in contact with their families through satellite phones. They informed their relatives that the pirates were demanding money for their release. However, it’s been months now since the families last heard from them.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, the families said they have held two meetings with their MPA and provincial Minister for Fisheries Hammal Kalmti to seek his help, but no steps had been taken by him so far. They added that whenever they call him now, they are told he is either in Islamabad or in London.

Owner of the ill-fated fishing boat Khuda Baksh told The Express Tribune that they had also contacted human rights activist Ansar Burney in this regard, but he too had not paid any heed to the matter.

The families who are worried sick about the health and safety of their loved ones urged the media to bring their predicament to the forefront in hopes of moving the government to fulfill its responsibilities.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Iftikhar
    Oct 13, 2011 - 8:33AM

    I pray for the poor Families. One Big Question Where was the boat actually???. I know that Bot Pakistan and Iranina Marine petrol in teritorial waters.


  • Haku-nama-tata
    Oct 13, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Well lets see if Ansar Burney cares about these poor fellows!Recommend

  • Amjad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Yeah; Let’s get Ansar Burney to pay the ransom so that we encourage Somali pirates to keep hijacking more people. After all paying ransom is no big deal for Pakistanis when Western nations refuse to pay criminals.


  • Zakaria A Mahamed
    Oct 19, 2011 - 1:31PM

    May God grant them their freedom. Where was this boat hijacked from?Recommend

  • Feroz Baloch
    Oct 31, 2011 - 6:58PM

    The human rights activists in Pakistan, except for Asma Jehangir and Marvi Sirmed, are just show-offs. They do everything for fame and donations. Also there is another reason for this non-serious behavior is that these poor fishermen were Baloch which separates them from the whole of Pakistan like the Jews were in Germany in WW2. Although the Pakistani media pokes its nose up to the far east(Palestine) but it doesn’t see the problems in Balochistan. So, I don’t expect the authorities to go for negotiations with Somali Pirates.


  • Ahmar Mustikhan
    Oct 31, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Thanks to Tribune for telling the world about the sad saga and untold miseries of the people of Balochistan. If Islamabad can not help the Baloch fishermen and they won’t, they should at least give foreign relations and foreign trade to Balochistan so the Baloch can help their kith and kin.


  • Mohammed bilal
    Dec 5, 2011 - 3:09AM

    I want to inform you that eleven Pakistani hostages Fishermen freed by Somali pirates. Please do story and if you know any more information please let me know.



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