400 boats have not yet reached shore
A veil of sorrow hangs over Ibrahim Haideri’s tight-knit fishing community, the otherwise joyful Merry Seamen grieve for the safety of the crews aboard 400 boats that have yet to reach secure moorings.
Many people organize special prayers for fishermen still in the Arabian Sea, Allah Dad Lashari said.
With some exceptions, most fishermen are very religious. “When the sea throws the boat, there is nothing we can do but pray,” Lashari said.
In addition, Muhammad Ibrahim said that they keep a copy of the Holy Quran on the masthead of the boat, packed securely in a box. The fishing trip also begins with a session of prayers, charity and candy distribution, he said.
But for now, everyone in this fishing town looks depressed.
People are worried about either the missing crews or the casualties they are taking now for losing the hold. “We go out to sea for at least a month,” Ibrahim said.
The preparations require at least 3 million rupees in terms of fuel, food, salaries and other expenses, he said. Many trawler owners borrow money from lenders to finance the trip, while others make a pre-agreement with fishmongers and traders.
Sikander said the fishing boats and trawlers returned empty, as a result, the owners were in debt for a while.
PTI leader in PPP Pakistan stronghold Tehreek-e-Insaf Sindh Vice-president and opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh lamented the condition of Ibrahim Haideri pier, as well as the living conditions of fishermen in this neglected locality.
The government should provide financial support to fishermen prevented from venturing into the sea to earn income, Sheikh said while interacting with the local community and the media during his visit to Ibrahim Hyderi village following a possible cyclone.
He was accompanied by party leaders Adnan Ismail, Aijaz Swati, Gohar Khattak, Jameelan Baloch, Abdul Razaq Shujra and others.