Islamabad, Jan 10: Five Pakistani nationals who were earlier stranded on a ship, off the coast of Safaga in Egypt were caught by the Egyptian police and charged with the involvement in drug trafficking.
The nationals were later produced in an Egyptian court, Pak foreign office said in a statement on Wednesday.
As per the report an officer from Pakistani Mission in Cairo has been deputed to assist the five accused during the court proceedings.
The crew was charged with involvement in drug smuggling, which was allegedly found on the ship however the crew denied any involvement stating that they were hired for transportation of cargo by an agent of M/s Marseilli Shipping Lines in Dubai.
The Pakistani embassy in Egypt has been ordered to actively pursue the matter and remain in regular contact with the local authorities and the five Pakistani nationals.
Citizens getting charged on drug trafficking has been a major cause of concern for Pakistan. In past five years 62 Pakistani nationals have been executed in Saudi Arabia (KSA) for drug smuggling while 1,764 Pakistanis have been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia on charges of drug trafficking, which is 47 per cent of the total Pakistani prisoners in the Kingdom. (UNI)