Pakistan detains 30 Indian fishermen, seizes 5 boats off Gujarat coast
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 04-May-2017

New Delhi, April 27: Pakistan has arrested 30 Indian fishermen with 5 Indian boats for allegedly violating its maritime boundaries. The Indian fishermen will be presented before a judicial magistrate today and then sent to jail.

Pakistan's maritime authorities have arrested 30 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in its territorial waters. A spokesperson for Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency said that 30 Indian fishermen were detained and their five boats also seized yesterday.

All these fishermen have been apprehended by Pakistani security agency from the International Maritime boundary line in the Arabian Sea off the Jakhau coast. All the five fishing boats were belonging to Porbandar. They have been taken to Karachi port. Pakistan has detained about 300 Indian fishermen.

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.