Maritime authorities arrest 25 Indian fishermen

Maritime Security Agency made the arrests during the last four days for illegally entering Pakistani waters

Afp October 18, 2017
On January 5 this year, Islamabad released 219 Indian fishermen as a 'goodwill' gesture to New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: At least 25 Indian fishermen were arrested for fishing illegally in Pakistani waters, officials said on Wednesday.

The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) made the arrests during the last four days, impounding four wooden boats, a security official said.

He added that "the arrested fishermen have already been handed over to police, who will produce them in a court on Thursday".

Senior local police official Adeel Chandio confirmed the arrests.

Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location

The fishermen often languish in jail, even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two neighbours mean fulfilling bureaucratic requirements can take a long time.

Earlier this year, authorities released 78 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters.

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