'Brotherly ties': Iran to free Pakistanis stranded on ship seized by IRGC, says envoy.

Published date16 April 2024

ISLAMABAD -- Iran on Monday said that they would release Pakistanis, stranded on a ship seized by the Iranian forces, after confirmation of their nationalities and completing legal formalities due to brotherly ties between the two countries.

Iranian envoy to Pakistan, Reza Amiri Moghadam, told media that they were waiting for the confirmation of the presence of Pakistani nationals on the ship.

He confirmed that the Iran Embassy has shared the details with higher officials in Tehran.

'If there's a Pakistani on the ship, we will free the national after completing legal formalities considering brotherly ties,' the diplomat said.

On Sunday, the Foreign Office had taken up the matter with Iranian authorities in Islamabad and shared details with them, sources told the TV channel.

The development came after the family of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Israel-linked container ship seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) asked the government of Pakistan for help.

Family sources told media that there are two Pakistanis who were on the ship seized by the Iranian forces and one of them is Muhammad Adnan Aziz -the COO of the Portugal-flagged MSC Aries.

His family lives in Karachi and Azad Kashmir and some of his relatives live in London who shared their worries with the media.

They confirmed...

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