59 Indians Arrested in Pakistani Waters
KARACHI: Officials of the Maritime Security Agency (MSA) have detained 59 Indian fishermen and seized 10 of their boats for allegedly fishing in Pakistani waters and violating the country’s maritime borders.
“The Indian fishermen were arrested by the MSA while they were fishing in the Pakistani limits of the Arabian Sea,” said Inspector Malik Aslam, the SHO of the Docks police station. “Their (Indian fishermen’s) four fishing boats have also been seized by the MSA. We are in the process of taking their custody from the MSA. They would be then produced in court hopefully tomorrow.”
According to an MSA statement, the fishermen were caught fishing in Sir Creek, a disputed area on the maritime border of Sindh and the Indian state of Gujarat.
The agency responsible for guarding the maritime frontiers brought the detained people to Karachi and handed them over to the police for legal action.
A police official at the Docks police station confirmed that MSA officials handed into custody the Indian fishermen and lodged cases against them under section 3 and 4 of the Foreigners Act and 3 and 9 of the Fisheries Act.
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