Nearly 400 Indian fishermen languishing in Pak jails: NGO

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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