Pak­istan frees 86 In­dian fish­er­men

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan on Sun­day re­leased 86 In­dian fish­er­men held for tres­pass­ing into its ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, of­fi­cials said, the se­cond batch freed this month.

"We re­leased 86 more In­dian fish­er­men to­day," Su­per­in­ten­dent of Karachi's Malir prison Raja Mum­taz told AFP, adding that 363 still re­main in Pak­istani cus­tody.On March 6, Pak­istan re­leased 86 fish­er­men and a civil­ian pris­oner, he added.

In­dian and Pak­istani fish­er­men are fre­quently de­tained for il­le­gal fish­ing since the Ara­bian Sea bor­der is not clearly de­fined and many boats lack the tech­nol­ogy to fix their pre­cise lo­ca­tion.

The fish­er­men of­ten lan­guish in jail, even af­ter serv­ing their terms, as poor diplo­matic ties be­tween the two arch-ri­vals slows up bu­reau­cratic re­quire­ments for re­lease.

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