Lahore: Two Indian women have thanked people of Pakistan for their help in the release of their husbands who were held by Somali pirates for about 10 months.
    
The two women - Sampa Arya and Madhu Sharma - are the wives of Ravinder Singh and N K Sharma, members of the crew of MV Suez that was hijacked by pirates in August 2010.
    
They expressed their happiness at visiting Pakistan.
    
"We owe a lot to Pakistanis for helping in the release of our husbands. It is due to the help of Pakistanis that our husbands are alive and with us today," Madhu said.
    
MV Suez's 22-member crew, including six Indians, who were freed by Somali pirates after the payment of ransom.
    
The crew was taken on board a Pakistani warship after the MV Suez ran out of fuel and started sinking.
    
Sampa said she had wanted to visit Pakistan for some time.
    
"People were surprised when I told them I was more interested in visiting Pakistan, especially Lahore, than Britain or the US," she said.
    
She said she wanted cordial relations between India and Pakistan.
    
"Efforts to bring both countries closer should continue," she said.
    
The Indian women are on a four-day visit. They were received by rights activist Ansar Burney as they entered Pakistan through the Wagah land border on Friday.
    
They will meet Sindh Governor Ishrat-Ul-Ibad Khan and thank him for his role in the release of the crew of MV Suez.

(Agencies)

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