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Pak arrests 22 Indian fishermen

world Updated: Mar 18, 2011 21:09 IST

Pakistani authorities have arrested 22 Indian fishermen for allegedly violating the country's maritime boundary, an official spokesman said on Friday.

The fishermen were apprehended with five boats on Thursday for violating Pakistan's territorial waters, the spokesman of the Maritime Security Agency (MSA) said.

The fishermen were handed over to police in Karachi.

On March 9, the MSA had arrested another 26 Indian fishermen on a similar charge.

Pakistan and India arrest dozens of fishermen every year for violating the maritime boundary.

Many of them languish in prison for years even after completing jail terms given to them.

Pakistan recently repatriated 12 Indian prisoners, including 11 fishermen who had been held in a jail in Karachi for nearly three years even after completing their prison terms.

Another 442 Indian fishermen were freed in 2010 after two Pakistani NGOs petitioned the Supreme Court for their release.