59 Indian fishermen arrested in Pakistan

The fishermen belong to Gujarat.

Karachi: Fifty-nine Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 10 boats seized by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating the country's territorial waters.

The fishermen were arrested by Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) while they were fishing in Sir Creek, a disputed area on the maritime border of Sindh and Gujarat.

"The fishermen were presented before a magistrate today and have been sent to judicial remand," a senior police officer said.

The MSA detained them here yesterday and seized 10 boats. The fishermen belong to Gujarat.

The 59 fishermen have been taken into custody and cases have been lodged against them under section 3 and 4 of the Foreigners Act and 3 and 9 of the Fisheries Act, the Express Tribune quoted a police official as saying.

Both Indian and Pakistani fishermen are often arrested for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.

In two goodwill gestures last month, Pakistan freed 86 fishermen in two batches each.

Some 377 more Indian prisoners are languishing in the Malir jail out of whom 116 have to complete their sentences while the remaining 261 are undertrials.

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