Pakistan arrests 58 Indian fishermen

Pakistan arrests 58 Indian fishermen

Pakistan's maritime security agency has arrested 58 Indian fishermen after they allegedly strayed into the country's territorial waters.

"Despite several warnings the Indian fishermen remained inside our territorial waters leading to their arrest and seizure of boats," Maritime Security Agency spokesman Commander Muhammad Farooq said yesterday.

Nine boats belonging to the Indian fishermen were also confiscated, he said.
Last month, Pakistan had released 337 Indian fishermen, including eight juveniles, in a goodwill gesture.

Human rights bodies and the Pakistan fisherfolk forum have actively campaigned for the release of poor Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jails.

At present, according to the forum, there are still 97 Indian fishermen and three other Indian nationals, including a juvenile, languishing in jails in Karachi.

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