Pakistan arrests 13 Indian fishermen

Thirteen Indian fishermen have been arrested by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating the country`s maritime boundary, an official spokesman said.

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 18:50 PM IST

Islamabad: Thirteen Indian fishermen have
been arrested by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating
the country`s maritime boundary, an official spokesman said.

The fishermen were apprehended with three boats
yesterday for violating Pakistan`s territorial waters, the
spokesman of the Maritime Security Agency said.

The fishermen were handed over to police in Karachi.
The MSA had arrested 22 Indian fishermen on a similar
charge on Friday. On March 9, the MSA arrested another 26
Indian fishermen.

Pakistan and India arrest dozens of fishermen every
year for violating the maritime boundary. Many of them
languish in prison for years even after completing jail terms
given to them.

Pakistan recently repatriated 12 Indian prisoners,
including 11 fishermen who had been held in a jail in Karachi
for nearly three years even after completing their prison
terms.

Another 442 Indian fishermen were freed last year
after two Pakistani NGOs petitioned the Supreme Court for
their release.

PTI