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`India, Pak need to address fishermen`s woes`

A Pak deligation asked both countries to ensure that fishermen who inadvertently cross their country`s territorial waters do not languish in jails.



Rajkot: India and Pakistan should find a
permanent solution soon to ensure that fishermen who
inadvertently cross their country`s territorial waters do not
languish in jails, a delegation from the neighbouring country
said.

"(Ajmal) Kasab was involved in the 26/11 attacks and
should be punished severely, but Innocent fishermen and
civilians should not be treated as criminals which both the
Indian and Pakistani governments are doing," retired Pakistan
Supreme Court Judge Naseer Aslam Zahid told reporters here
last night.

"The policy of keeping fishermen in jails is totally
improper as they cross their respective countries water
territory by mistake, which is not a serious crime. Both the
countries should reach a permanent solution soon," he added.

An eight member judicial committee, comprising four
retired Supreme Court justices each from both the countries,
has been set up by India and Pakistan to look into the issue,
Zahid said expressing hope that the committee would take a
decision quickly.
The delegation, which is visiting India to meet family
members of those languishing in Pakistan jails, arrived in
Gujarat yesterday and met senior officials of the fisheries
department.

The delegation, which also includes former Pakistan Law
Minister Iqbal Haider, met family members of some of the
prisoners in Rajkot and assured them quick release.
The delegation is scheduled to visit coastal towns in
Saurashtra region.

PTI

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