ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to release 57 fishing boats in its custody, Foreign Office said Monday.
A nine-member Indian delegation visited Karachi from 18-20 July to inspect the boats and discuss modalities for their release with officials of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).
“While every effort is made by the PMSA to keep the boats in good condition, however, minor repairs were still required before the boats could be physically handed over. A follow up visit of Indian officials would take place sometime in August to oversee the repairs before they are returned in mid September,” a press release from FO said.
“Indian fishermen and boats are often apprehended by PMSA authorities when they violate Pakistan’s territorial waters. Usually the boats are not in seaworthy condition and are not returned. However, following instructions from the prime minister to return these boats, hectic efforts were undertaken by the PMSA to ensure their return to rightful owners.”
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