45 Indian Fishermen Held in Pakistan


Islamabad: Pakistan has arrested 45 Indian fishermen and seized their five boats for allegedly violating its territorial waters off the coast of Sindh province, officials said today. The arrests were made yesterday after Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) took action against the intruders in the southern province.

“The fishermen were arrested in the Arabian Sea and handed over to police,” an official said, adding that five boats were also confiscated. A police official said the fishermen were charged under Foreigners’ Act and Fisheries Act of Pakistan and shifted to Docks police station in Karachi.

Pakistan and India regularly arrest fishermen who venture into each other’s waters due to poorly marked maritime boundary. Some of them spend years behind bars before being repatriated.