Pakistan to send warships off Somalia to check piracy

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Pakistan to send warships off Somalia to check piracy


March 11 (Xinhua) Pakistan will send warships to seas off Somalia to fight piracy in the area, Pakistani Defence Minister Chaudhary Ahmad Mukhtar said Wednesday.

Mukhtar made the remarks while answering a question on board the Nasr auxiliary ship of the Pakistani Navy, which is in the Arabian Sea to review warships taking part in a multinational military exercise.

The defence minister said the pirates were hijacking fuel-carrying vessels now and they might hijack others also.

“I think the challenges are basically from the pirates. The countries which are doing this exercise get together and relieve the people they are trying to hijack,” he added.

Some 20 warships and 19 aircraft participated Wednesday’s fleet review.

This was the second exercise in the AMAN series. The first series of AMAN exercises were held in March 2007 when 14 ships belonging to Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States navies took part.
 

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it would be better to conserve the cost of fuel and buy some food
 
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after surrendering to the Taliban Pakistan is ready for another mission.
 

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come on friends every one have the right to protect himself, what's wrong if they want to protect their own vessels.
 
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the UN needs to get involved, they can do another exercise with china while they are there.
 

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All this bravado of sending warships in the gulf of aden to take on Somalians is nothing but a farce. I guess motive behind sending some warships is only to protect shipping liners of Arab countries in lieu of which Arab countries will going to reimburse some penny to Pakistani Navy to carry extra burden of cost. Somalian pirates aren't fool enough to hijeck Pakistani vessels, since it is of no use as Somali pirates cannot expect Pakistani owners to pay anything as they must be already cash strapped in economic recession.
 

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