Islamabad (Staff Report): Families of 17 Pakistanis, who have been stranded in Egypt’s Suez Canal Since August, have urged the government to take steps for their early return to their homes.

At least 17 Pakistanis have been stuck on a Kuwaiti cargo ship in Egypt's Suez Canal after the Egyptian government confiscated their passports due to non-payment issues and restricted them to the port.

According to media reports, the stranded crew members are facing desperate state due to shortage of resources. Four of them, Pakistani nationals, are in very serious condition but they are not being allowed to visit a hospital for medical assistance. The members of the crew had also appealed to Pakistani government to pay the dues and take measures for their return.

Meanwhile, Pakistani embassy in Cairo has extended its full support to stranded Pakistani sailors on board MV AKKAZ in the Red Sea.

The ship, owned by a Kuwaiti company and chartered by a Dutch firm, set sail from Abu Dhabi on August 11 destined for Port Said and Alexandria in Egypt and a port in Netherlands.