Pakistan arrests 29 Indian fishermen: officials

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-27 14:51:37|Editor: MJ


Arrested Indian fishermen are seen at a police station in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, on April 27, 2017. Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 29 Indian fishermen and seized five boats for illegally fishing in Pakistan's territorial waters. (Xinhua/Ashad)

ISLAMABAD, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani authorities detained 29 Indian fishermen on Thursday for allegedly violating the country's maritime boundary, security officials said.

The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) said five boats of the fishermen were also seized.

The Indian fishermen were involved in illegal fishing in Pakistani water, a spokesman for the MSA told the media.

The MSA officials handed over the Indians to the police for legal proceedings. They will be produced in a court for legal proceedings, police said.

India and Pakistan routinely arrest fishermen on charges of entering each other's waters as the maritime boundaries between the two countries were poorly defined and many fishing boats lack technologies on locating their precise places.

Pakistani officials insisted that the Indian fishermen allegedly continued to intrude into the country's marine-rich Indus delta region regardless of the livelihood of local fishermen.

This is the second time in a month that Pakistani forces captured Indian fishermen. On March 26, Pakistani authorities detained 100 Indian fishermen.

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