Pakistan detains 31 Indian fishermen

Fishermen held by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) during routine patrolling.

Afp January 22, 2012

KARACHI: Pakistan has detained 31 Indian fishermen and seized their 14 boats for fishing in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, the maritime security agency said Sunday.

The fishermen were held by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) during routine patrolling Saturday, it said in a statement.

Some 14 Indian fishing boats along with 31 crew members were "apprehended for poaching well inside Pakistani waters (approximately 110 nautical miles)," it said.

"Indian fishermen continue to intrude in Pakistan's marine rich Indus delta region containing high quality fish, at the cost of livelihood of local fishermen resulting in depletion of our fish stock and ecological damage to rare fish species," it said.

The agency handed over the fishermen to police for further investigation, the statement said.

Pakistan and India frequently seize each other's fishermen, accusing them of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea.

Earlier this month Pakistan freed 179 Indian fishermen who were imprisoned for violating territorial waters and had completed their sentences while 360 other Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, remain in jail.

Relations between India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947, have been plagued by border and resource disputes and accusations of Pakistani militant activity against India.


Abba Jee | 9 years ago | Reply

Poor fishermen already live very hard life. After arresting these fishermen for violating the waters, all of them should be released within a week after confirming that they are not spies of either country.

j. von hettlingen | 10 years ago | Reply

Both India and Pakistan are densely populated countries. India will overtake China demographically in a decade. Border violations and resource disputes will continue to strain relations between the two countries. The Redcliffe Line is the source of most of these conflicts.

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