Nearly 400 Indian fishermen languishing in Pak jails: NGO
Islamabad: Nearly 400 Indian fishermen,
who have completed their prison terms after being convicted
for violating Pakistan`s maritime boundary, are languishing in
prisons in the southern port city of Karachi, according to a
survey done by an NGO.
The Maritime Security Agency detained the fishermen
and seized their boats for illegally fishing inside
Pakistan`s exclusive economic zone during 2006-07. They were
charged under the provisions of the Foreigners Act and the
According to a survey conducted by the Qadir
Mandokhail Welfare Trust, a total of 394 Indian fishermen have
completed their prison terms but are still confined in three
The NGO contended this was a violation of the
Foreigners Act and maritime and fishing laws.
Authorities in the jails usually keep over 400
prisoners in a barrack having a capacity of 50 people and they
are usually not provided adequate treatment for illnesses, the
The survey also revealed that the fishermen are barred
from contacting their lawyers.
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