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23 Indian fishermen arrested for fishing illegally in Pakistan's waters

Karachi. 12 November, (Asiantribune.com):

The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA) in its report arrested 23 30fishermen and impounded four boats after they were found violating territorial water limits of country, read a statement issued on Sunday.

Pakistan online news daily 'Dawn' reported that DPSMA Spokesperson Commander Wajid Nawaz, while sharing details of the exercise, said Indian fishermen were apprehended for their alleged indulgence in illegal fishing inside the Pakistan's territorial waters.

The arrested fishermen have been handed over to Docks police to carry out the required legal procedures, said Nawaz.

The intervention process was said to have involved PSMA manned vessels and speedboats.

The arrest comes days after Pakistan released 68 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters in October this year.

“The fishermen were released from Karachi's Malir jail,” Afaq Rizvi, a senior official from the prison, told AFP. He said 380 Indian fishermen remained behind bars in the country.
'Dawn' pointed out that Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.

The fishermen often languish in jail, even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two neighbors mean fulfilling bureaucratic requirements can take a long time.

- Asian Tribune –

Arrested Indian Fishermen in a police station in Karachi
Arrested Indian fishermen eat lunch at a police station in Karachi.
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