New Delhi, March 6: Pakistani forces have detained 94 Indian fishermen and seized 17 boats off the Gujarat coast since Saturday. The captured Indian fishermen have been taken to Karachi. The arrested fishermen will likely be presented before a Pakistani court on Monday.
According to officials, around 70 fishermen on board 13 boats were captured on Saturday by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency while 24 others on board 4 boats were held yesterday in the high seas near the International Maritime Boundary Line off Jakhau coast.
Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location. The fishermen often languish in jail, even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two neighbours mean fulfilling bureaucratic requirements can take a long time.
Earlier this week, India has released 39 Pakistani prisoners languishing in jails as a goodwill gesture. The prisoners include 14 Pakistanis who have served out their sentences in India and 25 fishermen. Prisoners are only released after completion of sentence, no pending case and confirmation of nationality, said officials.