Pakistan has arrested 17 Indian fishermen for allegedly entering the country’s waters and seized three of their boats. A spokesman of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) said that the fishermen, arrested on Friday, were produced before a judicial magistrate on Saturday and handed over to the police. The official said the Indian fishermen were warned that they were in Pakistan’s waters and they should move away but they did not listen to the warnings.
The spokesperson said high speed boats were used to apprehend 17 fishermen who were 10-15 nautical miles into Pakistani waters near Sir Creek, the coastal border between Pakistan and India.
Indian fishermen are sent to Malir or Landhi Jail in Karachi.
The arrest comes after a gap of a year when 23 Indian fishermen were arrested and four of their fishing boats were confiscated by the Maritime Security Agency.
Pakistan and India often arrest each other’s fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea and fishermen do not have the technology-equipped boats to know their exact location.
Due to sluggish bureaucracy and lengthy legal procedures, fishermen usually end up in jails for several months and sometimes even years.
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