23 Indian fishermen, four boats seized

KARACHI, April 3: The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency has arrested 23 Indian fishermen and seized their four boats allegedly for fishing in the Pakistani waters.

PMSA officials said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the fishermen with their boats were apprehended for poaching well inside Pakistani waters — some 70 nautical miles — on Monday. They said the action was taken by a PMSA unit during its routine patrolling.

The statement said the detained fishermen were later handed over to the Docks police station for further investigation.

The fresh arrests, if convicted and imprisoned, will raise the number of Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails to over 450 while nearly 100 Pakistani fishermen are languishing in Indian prisons, according to the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, a non-government organisation that represents the fishermen community in Pakistan.

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Article courtesy of Dawn.com

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