Islamabad: Pakistani authorities arrested
12 Indian fishermen and seized two boats on Wednesday for allegedly
intruding into the country`s exclusive economic zone.
The Maritime Security Agency apprehended the
fishermen while they were operating about 30 nautical miles
inside Pakistani waters, an official statement said.
The statement contended that Indian fishermen
"continue to intrude into Pakistan`s marine-rich Indus delta
region to capture high quality fish."
Pakistan yesterday repatriated 12 Indian prisoners,
including 11 fishermen who had been held in a jail in Karachi
for nearly three years even after completing a prison term for
violating the country’s maritime boundary.
Another 442 Indian fishermen were freed earlier in
the year after two Pakistani NGOs petitioned the Supreme Court
for their release.
India and Pakistan arrest dozens of fishermen each
year for violating the maritime boundary.