Nearly 400 Indian fishermen languishing in Pak jails: NGO
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 15:30
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 Fishery Act.

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 jails.

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 NGO claimed.

The survey also revealed that the fishermen are barred from contacting their lawyers.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 15:30

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