In­dia-pak­istan joint group on maritime bor­ders


The meet­ing of the In­dia-Pak­istan Joint Work­ing Group to work out a mech­a­nism for re­lease of fish­er­men and their boats who cross maritime bor­ders in­ad­ver­tently was held re­cently. The In­dian del­e­ga­tion was led by Vice Ad­mi­ral M.P. Mu­ralid­ha­ran, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­dian Coast Guard, while the Pak­istan del­e­ga­tion was led by Rear Ad­mi­ral Waseem Akram, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Pak­istan Maritime Se­cu­rity Agency (PMSA).

The group held pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions on the is­sue and recog­nised the need for ad­dress­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian as­pect of in­ad­ver­tent cross­ing of maritime bor­ders by le­git­i­mate fish­er­men. The dis­cus­sions were fruit­ful in mu­tual ex­change of ideas and de­lib­er­at­ing way ahead in evolv­ing a suit­able mech­a­nism for re­lease of such fish­er­men and their boats. It was also ac­knowl­edged that fo­cused ap­proach and sus­tained ef­forts of the group needs to be con­tin­ued.

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