Hijacked Pakistani crew safely reaches Libya

KARACHI: The Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and Pakistan’s former federal minister for human rights, Ansar Burney, said on Monday that 21 hijacked crew members, including six Pakistanis on MT Morning Glory, after its release from Libyan rebels have reached back safely in Libya.

Earlier, Ansar Burney Trust was made request and sent SOS message to the Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen after the reports that Morning Glory is missing from Sidra seaport of Libya since 11th March, with six Pakistanis, six Indians, three Sri Lankans, two Syrian, two Sudanis and two Eritrean crew on Board.

Ansar Burney Trust International also sent the similar SOS messages to Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Naval Staff and all other higher authorities in Pakistan to save the lives of six Pakistani crew members on Board before it could be too late.

Ansar Burney said after rescue by the American forces from Cyprian sea water the ship along with 21 crew members had reached back to Libya.

He said all the crew members on Board were safe and thankful to the Pakistan’s Ambassador in Libya, Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Zia who visited and met the Pakistani crew now in Libyan custody.

Burney again thanked US President, Barrack Obama, US Pentagon, US Forces, Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, US Embassy at Islamabad and Pakistan Embassy in Libya for saving 21 human lives including six Pakistanis on Board with the request with Libya for an early release of all crew members already faced so much hardships after hijacked by Libyan rebels.

He said Ansar Burney Trust International was working hard for the early release of crew that was made hostage by rebels from Port Es Sider, Libiya.

He also requested Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan and Eritrean governments to assist Ansar Burney Trust International for the early release of 21 crew members.

He said that there were 21 crew members of Morning Glory Tanker Ship, including six Pakistanis – Mirza Noman Baig (Captain), Ghufran Marghoob Ahmed (Chief Officer), Syed Muhammad Mehdi Shamsi (2nd Officer), Syed Asif Hassan (3rd Officer), Naik Zada (Crew Member), Muhammad Irshad (Crew Member) including six Indians, three Sri Lankans, two Syrian, two Sudanis and two Eritrean in Libya.

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