Pakistan voices concern at detention of seafarers in Gujarat

Pakistan voices concern at detention of seafarers in Gujarat

New Delhi: Pakistan officials are concerned about an alleged detention of Pakistani seafarers in Gujarat in neighbouring India.

“The reports are that a Panamian vessel, MV Aymen, was proceeding to Pipavav, India, for shipbreaking on April 2, but sank off the coast. 10 Pakistani and five Yemeni seamen survived, and have since been in Gujarat, India. Our High Commission has approached the Indian government for ensuring security and well being as well as early repatriation of our seamen to Pakistan,” Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs official spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told local media.

“We have also learnt that the Pakistani seamen have been kept at a police station, and denied access to proper lodging. This is a matter of serious concern. If true, it is against international law and all established norms. International law requires every state to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger and to treat them humanely. Our concerns in this regard have also been conveyed to the Indian side,” she added.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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