New Delhi: India has found material evidence proving Pakistani link to Somali sea pirates. According to a report in an Indian newspaper, Somali sea pirates are receiving training in Pakistan to launch a proxy war against India.
On August 14, the Indian Navy foiled a piracy attack after it rescued Iranian-flagged merchant vessel MV Nafis-1 off Mumbai. According to nine crew members, all foreigners, detained from the vessel, confirmed Indian security agencies’ assertion of ties between Pakistan and Somali pirates.
The crew members - five Yemenis, two Tanzanians, one Kenyan and one Somali national - were on August 15 handed over to Porbandar police.
Besides automatic weapons and arms, Gujarat customs officials also seized rice packets and juice pouches bearing names of Pakistani companies.
The newspaper quoted Dipen Bhadran, Porbandar superintendant of police, as saying, “We are taking help of foreign embassies to know if those arrested have a criminal record. We have three Arabic translators who are helping us. The arrested have confessed that they are smugglers and operate in Arabic countries, and were lost in waters before they were intercepted by Indian forces.”