Pakistan lodges protest with India over sea incident

June 18th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 18 (IANS) Pakistan has lodged a protest with the Indian government over the alleged obstruction of its naval ship by an Indian warship two days ago.

The protest was lodged by the foreign office through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, The News reported on its website Saturday.

Indian warship Godavari obstructed PNS Babur June 16 when it was escorting the Merchant Vessel Suez that was released by Somali pirates from their captivity, the report said.

In a statement, a foreign office spokesperson said the Indian warship not only hampered humanitarian operations being carried out by the Pakistan Navy but also undertook dangerous manoeuvres that resulted in brushing of the sides of the vessels.

MV Suez, hijacked by Somali pirates, was released June 13 after nearly 10 months. It has a 22-member crew of different nationalities — six Indians, 11 Egyptians, four Pakistanis and one Sri Lankan.

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