Over 435 fishermen in Pakistan`s custody

Over 435 fishermen, believed to be Indian nationals, are in custody of Pakistan while another 128 are in Sri Lankan jails, the government said on Thursday.

New Delhi: Over 435 fishermen, believed to be Indian nationals, are in custody of Pakistan while another 128 are in Sri Lankan jails, the government said on Thursday.
Twenty one Indian fishermen are also in custody of Iran.

"As of July 30, 437 fishermen, believed to be Indian nationals and 740 Indian fishing vessels are in the custody of Pakistan.

"Of this Ministry of Home Affairs has verified the Indian nationality of 378 fishermen," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

Last year in September, Pakistan had released all Indian fishermen in its jails as a goodwill gesture after then External Affairs Minister S M Krishna`s visit there.

As per official figures, there are 114 Indian fishermen along with 21 Indian fishing vessels in Lankan custody.

"Besides, 14 Indian fishermen with four boats are in the custody of Sri Lanka on charges of smuggling narcotics and contraband," the reply said.

PTI

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