`India, Pak need to find solution to fishermen`s woes soon`

An eight member judicial committee has been set up by India and Pakistan to look into the issue.

Rajkot: India and Pakistan should find a permanent solution soon to ensure that fishermen who inadvertently cross their country`s territorial waters do not languish in jails, a delegation from the neighbouring country said.

"(Ajmal) Kasab was involved in the 26/11 attacks and should be punished severely, but innocent fishermen and civilians should not be treated as criminals which both the
Indian and Pakistani governments are doing," retired Pakistan Supreme Court Judge Naseer Aslam Zahid told reporters here last night.

"The policy of keeping fishermen in jails is totally improper as they cross their respective countries water territory by mistake, which is not a serious crime. Both the
countries should reach a permanent solution soon," he added.

An eight member judicial committee, comprising four
retired Supreme Court justices each from both the countries,
has been set up by India and Pakistan to look into the issue,
Zahid said expressing hope that the committee would take a
decision quickly.

The delegation, which is visiting India to meet family
members of those languishing in Pakistan jails, arrived in
Gujarat yesterday and met senior officials of the fisheries

The delegation, which also includes former Pakistan Law
Minister Iqbal Haider, met family members of some of the
prisoners in Rajkot and assured them quick release.

The delegation is scheduled to visit coastal towns in
Saurashtra region.


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