KARACHI: Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) ZULFIQAR while on counter-piracy deployment, patrolling in the Gulf of Aden, rendered assistance to a stranded dhow/boat of Somalia.
During voyage at sea, the dhow became non-operational due to malfunctioning of her propulsion system. The dhow had been waiting for rescue for many days and was left with no edibles and drinking water. PNS ZULFIQAR provided required assistance and conducted towing operation for 16 hours in rough sea conditions.
Eventually, the dhow was handed over to the Somalian authorities
Besides safeguarding maritime interests of Pakistan, Pakistan Navy has always been at the forefront with international community to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. This is the 2nd rescue operation by PNS during last couple of weeks.