60 Indian fishermen arrested after they strayed into Pakistan’s waters

Published on Jan 27, 2017 09:20 PM IST

Pakistan has arrested 60 Indian fishermen after they strayed into its waters, an official said on Friday.

Pakistan has arrested 60 Indian fishermen.(AP File Photo)
Pakistan has arrested 60 Indian fishermen.(AP File Photo)
ByAFP, Karachi

Pakistan has arrested 60 Indian fishermen after they strayed into its waters, an official said on Friday.

The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) made the arrests on Thursday morning, and also impounded 10 wooden boats, police official Lateef Babar said.

The 60 men would be taken to the court on Saturday from where they would be sent to jail, he added.

Dozens of Indian and Pakistani fishermen are captured in the Arabian Sea each year after straying across maritime borders.

They often languish in prison even after serving their sentences, as poor diplomatic relations between the bitter nuclear foes hamper bureaucracy.

Pakistan earlier this month released 219 Indian fishermen as a ‘goodwill’ gesture.

But overall relations between India and Pakistan have plummeted since a deadly attack on an Indian Army base in Kashmir in September, that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

There have since been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries.

Both India and Pakistan claim the Kashmir in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region.

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