Pakistan detains 29 Indian fishermen, seizes 5 boats off Gujarat coast
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 27-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 27: Pakistan has arrested 29 Indian fishermen for allegedly violating its maritime boundaries. Last month, nearly 100 Indian fishermen were taken into custody for fishing illegally in Pakistan’s sea boundaries. In addition, 19 boats were also held during the MSA’s raid.

These fishermen had sailed from Porbandar a few days ago and were apprehended by the PMSA near the International Maritime Border Line (IMBL), NFF secretary Manish Lodhari told.

“We have learnt that at least 23 fishermen on four boats were apprehended by the PMSA near Jakhau and they were being taken to Karachi,” Lodhari said.

A Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) spokesman said that, 5 boats have also been seized alongside the Indian fishermen. The detained fishermen have been taken into custody by Pak authorities for further interrogation.

Every year dozens of Indian and Pakistani fishermen are picked up in the Arabian Sea after straying across maritime borders. They often languish in prison even after serving their sentences, as poor diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries hamper their swift release.

Meanwhile, Pakistan released 219 Indian fishermen as a "goodwill" gesture in January. On March 4, 18 fishermen released from India had reached Karachi.