Pakistan Seeks Return of Sailor who went Missing in Australia

Pakistan Seeks Return of Sailor who went Missing in Australia

It is alleged that a Pakistani sailor jumped into the water while he was taking part in the war games off the Northern Territory coast. The 23-year-old man is missing from Pakistani naval ship PNS Nasr from the early hours of Monday morning.

It is speculated that he jumped from the ship while it was anchored in Darwin Harbour. The sailor might have been seeking refuge in Australia. Navy, customs ships and two helicopters have been searching for the sailor.

After jumping into the water, it's believed that the man was able to make it to land and disappeared in the scrub intentionally, so that he could not be found. Superintendent Rob Burgoyne said they do not have idea about what the man was wearing. He was not wearing the navy uniform.

While carrying out his search, the sailor's backpack wrapped in plastic was found floating near Talc Head. The Water Police and a HMAS Newcastle helicopter carried out the search and shared that the police has also found sandals, which are believed to be of the sailor.

Superintendent Burgoyne said a dog part of the investigation team even followed small footprints to the south of Talc Head. But luck was not on their side and they could not find anything conclusive. Many search teams are looking out for the man.

Police is also carrying out investigation and is asking residents of Belyuen if they have seen the man or have noticed something fishy. Brigadier Muhammad Asghar, the Defence Adviser to the Pakistan High Commission in Canberra, said the Pakistani government wants the sailor as soon as possible.

Once he is found, he is likely face disciplinary action and criminal charges, if found guilty. Kakadu is used by the Royal Australian Navy as a part of their maritime warfare exercise. It is considered the biggest exercise, which includes over a thousand people, eight warships, and 26 aircraft.

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