Fisherman killed in Indian prison laid to rest in Karachi

Deceased was arrested by Indian authorities in 2017 for violating maritime boundaries 


Our Correspondent April 06, 2019
Family members of Pakistani fishermen, who are imprisoned in Indian jails, hold up pictures of their loved ones, seeking the government’s help in securing their safe return. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: The funeral prayer of the Pakistani fisherman, Noorul Amin, who died due to the torture he faced in an Indian jail, was offered at Gulshan-e-Ittehad Football Ground near Ibrahim Hydri on Friday.

His body was wrapped in the Pakistani flag and buried in Ali Akbar Goth graveyard. Social worker Ansar Burney, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) Chairperson Muhammad Ali Shah and a large number of fishermen attended the funeral.

Speaking on the occasion, Shah said that around 150 Pakistani fishermen were imprisoned in various jails of India but India had only confirmed 98.

He added that India was violating international law. The PFF chairperson said that a judicial committee had been established between both countries but Pakistan had not nominated its four judges of the judicial committee since 2013.

Fishermen imprisoned in India call for govt's attention

"We appeal to the government of Pakistan to investigate the incident by creating a judicial commission," said Shah, adding that a protest in this regard would be held outside Karachi Press Club on April 10.

Burney said that India was causing harm to Pakistanis imprisoned in its jails. Three Pakistani fishermen have died within three months and information has been received that one more fisherman was killed in India, he said.

Noorul Amin was arrested by Indian authorities on September 30, 2017, for violating the maritime boundaries. He survived two years in Indian jail but was killed on March 26, 2019. The tortured and mutilated body of the arrested fisherman was returned to Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2019.

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