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Pakistan arrests nine Indian fishermen

November 15, 2012 16:27 IST

Pakistani authorities have arrested nine Indian fishermen and seized five boats on charges of illegally fishing in the country's waters, officials said on Thursday.

The Indian fishermen were arrested by the Maritime Security Agency on Tuesday as their boats were allegedly 30 km inside Pakistan's maritime boundary, the officials said.

The fishermen were later handed over to the Docks police station in Karachi and a case was registered against them under the Foreigners Act and the Fishery Act.

Last month, the MSA arrested 57 Indian fishermen on charges of illegally entering the country's exclusive economic zone.

Following the arrests on Tuesday, the number of Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails is around 150.

The MSA has arrested 277 Indian fishermen and seized 103 boats this year.

On Sunday, Pakistan had released 15 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture.

However, the arrested fishermen sometimes languish in jail for months even after completing their prison terms.

Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
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