The sailors, who had been rescued by the Indian Navy from
the high sea said that they would take the "mohabbat ka
paigam" (message of love) to Pakistan from India.
The five sailors--Aurangzeb Nabi Bakhsh Balloch (24), his
younger brother Sajjad Ali Balloch (19), Lal Bakhsh Murid Khan
(20), Farhad Aalam Khan (24) and Mohammed Umair (18)-- spoke
to reporters after an officer from the Pakistani Consulate met
them this morning and informed them that they would be taken
back to Pakistan in the coming few days.
Aurangazeb said they were treated very well during the
three months they were in the police station.
"I cannot forget the moments that I have spent in India.
I am happy that I am going to my country, but also sad
that I am leaving India," he said.
Responding to a question on 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab,
currently lodged in Arthur Road, Aurangazeb said, "I do not
want to talk anything about him (Kasab). Shoot him (Kasab)."
He said that there was one moment he would never forget--
when India won the Cricket World Cup final in April.
"We were watching the match in the police station. I was
happy that India won the match," he said, adding, "I did feel
a little upset that Pakistan had lost but at the same time, I
was also happy that India won. Because I was already moved by
the love, kindness and help extended to us by Indians."
Sajjad Ali said, "Like Indians get an impression of
Pakistan through news reports, even I had the same impression
about India before coming here. But my impression has changed
completely and I have realised that Indians are humble and
very caring people."
He said he was also in touch with his family members in
Pakistan, who kept asking him about his return. "But I told
them that I am in a very safe place and will be reaching
Another sailor Farhad said, "We have been treated here
like a celebrity and we are in the media limelight. I am also
happy and the whole of India is supporting and helping us to
reach our country.
"Pirates had tortured us a lot, but we forgot that pain
as the love from Indian people have erased our bad moments.
I want to thank the Indian Navy, police and people for all the
The other two sailors, however, did not speak.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who was instrumental in ensuring
the return of the five sailors to Pakistan, said, "It is a
moment of miracle. As a civil society, we did our best. I hope
the governments from India as well as Pakistan will continue
to extend a helping hand to each other."
Replying to a query, Bhatt said, "Ask Mahatma Gandhi.
The feeling of enemy should be kept away from both the sides.
I love the people of Pakistan, I love these people (five
sailors) and I will continue to love, as it is my right to do
The Vice Chairman of State Minorities Commission Abraham
Mathai said, "Our continuous efforts have yielded results."
"We are happy for that," added Mathai.
Mumbai: Five Pakistani sailors, who are put up
in a police station in south Mumbai after being rescued from
the seas since March and will soon be moving back to their
homeland, today said they were touched by the "love, kindness
and help" extended to them in India.
First Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 22:57