Pakistani trawler rescued from clutches of Somali pirates

Published: October 16, 2011
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The MV Suez was earlier captured by Somali pirates for 10 months. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The MV Suez was earlier captured by Somali pirates for 10 months. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

A large Pakistani fishing trawler that had been taken over by a group of Somali pirates earlier this week was rescued by the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) near the coast of Somalia on Sunday.

The statement released by the CMF suggested that “it became evident that the Pakistani crew were being held against their will by the Somalis, whose weapons were then seized and destroyed“. The ships crew were later set free by the Royal Navy, and the Pakistani crew members thanked the British for ending their captivity.

CMF is a multinational naval partnership which aims to combat terrorism and crime at sea. It is commanded by a US Navy Vice Admiral and a deputy commander who is a UK Royal Navy Commodore.

Earlier in July, Somali pirates had released the Merchant Vessel Suez after keeping the crew hostage for more than 10 months. The pirates had demanded a $2.1 million ransom.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Zahid Aslam
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:39PM

    @TightDhoti:
    Oh Brooo what r u saying…………Criminal are not our brothers.

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  • Adam
    Oct 16, 2011 - 6:57PM

    We demand that Imran Khan should be appointed as our chief negotiator to solve this and other similar issues and avoid unnecessary blood shed of our basically peaceful Muslim brothers who unfortunately are forced to take up arms.

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  • Mani
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:12PM

    @TightDhoti: LOL

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  • Noman Naseem
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Great News!!

    @TightDhoti: R u Ok??
    Just take some rest.

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  • Strigon
    Oct 16, 2011 - 7:51PM

    @ TightDhoti

    Are you insane? or just joking? You call these abductors brothers? These scum on earth would be better off dead. In my opinion they should search and destroy these pirate bases and ships so our ‘real’ brothers are safe from these animals.

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  • ARSAL
    Oct 17, 2011 - 12:51AM

    Good job done;nice to hear that people are out of trouble; thx to all those who faught for their rescue;

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