Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fresh ultimatum from Somali pirates

AMRITSAR: Somali pirates who had hijacked MV Suez, a ship of Red Sea Navigation , in the Gulf of Aden have given five days ultimatum for the life of six Indians and four Pakistani if they didn't get $ 2.3 million, informed United Nations Expert Advisor on Human Rights, Ansar Burney who claims to be in touch with the pirates for the release of the hostages. 

While talking to TOI over phone from Karachi on Tuesday, Burney said that he was negotiating with the Somali pirates on humanitarian grounds for the greater interest of human dignity and to save the lives of six Indians and 4 Pakistanis. The pirates had earlier demanded $5 million for the release of hostages, he added. 

MV Suez with the flag of Panama was hijacked by the Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on August 2, 2010, with 6 Indians, 4 Pakistani, 4 Lankans and 11 Egyptians on board, said Burney. 

Pakistan's former Federal Minister for Human Rights and Chairman of the Ansar Burney Trust International, Burney, said that the condition of the hostages was critical as they had been sailing in the Somali sea for past nearly eight months ."They were being given some boiled rice and fish by their captors", he said. 

"They established contact with me on Tuesday and gave ultimatum for the hostages life if their demand was not met" said Burney, adding that earlier he had contacted them on Saturday for the release of crew members. 

Read more: Fresh ultimatum from Somali pirates - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Fresh-ultimatum-from-Somali-pirates/articleshow/7601127.cms#ixzz1FLYtLaTc

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