Pak­istan ar­rests 20 In­dian fish­er­men

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan has ar­rested 20 In­dian fish­er­man for vi­o­lat­ing the ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters of the coun­try, its mar­itime se­cu­rity agency said Sun­day. The In­dian fish­er­men were ar­rested and brought to the South­ern city of Karachi early Sun­day morn­ing. Their boats were also seized.

"We are pre­par­ing doc­u­ments to pro­duce all of them in court to­mor­row," po­lice of­fi­cial Fida Hus­sain told AFP. Both In­dian and Pak­istani fish­er­men are fre­quently de­tained on the charge, as the two coun­tries' bor­ders are not clearly de­fined in the Ara­bian Sea and many fish­ing boats lack the tech­nol­ogy needed to be cer­tain of their pre­cise lo­ca­tion. Many are sent to jail be­fore be­ing handed over to the au­thor­i­ties in their home­land.

"The court is likely to send them to jail for at least a year over the vi­o­la­tion," Hus­sain said. The fish­er­men of­ten lan­guish in jail even af­ter serv­ing their term, as poor diplo­matic ties be­tween the two arch-ri­vals mean ful­fill­ing of­fi­cial re­quire­ments can take a long time.

Shakir Hus­sain, a se­nior prison of­fi­cial at Karachi's Landhi district jail, said more than 400 In­dian fish­er­men were cur­rently de­tained there.

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