Pakistan arrests 43 Indian fishermen
KARACHI: Authorities on Saturday arrested 43 Indians for illegally fishing in its territorial waters, officials said.
“We have arrested 43 Indian fishermen and seized their seven boats for violating our maritime zone,” said Khawar Hasan Khan, Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency spokesman. The fishermen have been handed over to the police, he said. Early this month Pakistan released 266 Indian fishermen who had been languishing in jails since last year for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters.
“The decision was made as a ‘goodwill gesture’ to India. We still have around 700 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails. Some 108 Pakistani fishermen are behind bars in India on similar charges,” he said. afp