Govt urged to rescue Pak crew on ship stranded in Indian waters
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has urged the government to immediately intervene to help five Pakistani crew members stuck on their ship at an anchorage in India who have not been paid salaries for months and only have food left for a few more days.
The Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that it wanted to urgently draw government’s attention to the plight of crew of a ship, MV Fatahur Rahman, which had been at Vishakhapatnam anchorage in India for over five months. During that period, the 24-member crew, comprising five Pakistanis and 19 Bangladeshis, has been abandoned by their employer.
The vessel is said to be owned by a Singapore-based company, which has an agent in Karachi and also one in Vishakhapatnam, India. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has come to know that food onboard is running so low that the lives of crew members are at risk. It is outrageous that a company treats its employees in such shabby manner.