Pakistan arrests 100 Indian fishermen off Gujarat coast

Relations between the two neighbours have plummeted since a deadly attack on an Indian army base in Indian Kashmir in September last year. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

AFP Sindh, Pakistan Mar 26, 2017, 02.36 PM (IST)

Pakistan has arrested at least 100 Indian fishermen off the Gujarat coast.

The arrests were made allegedly for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters, officials said on Sunday.

The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) made the arrests Saturday night, and also impounded 19 wooden boats, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

"The 100 men would be taken to the court on Monday," senior police official Adeel Chandio said after the fishermen were handed over to the police by MSA officials.

On March 5, Pakistan apprehended 94 Indian fishermen off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian Sea. 

An official of the National Fishworkers' Forum had said that the Pakistani agency's vessels are active.

Pakistan released 219 Indian fishermen as a "goodwill" gesture in January.

But overall relations between the two neighbours have plummeted since a deadly attack on an Indian army base in Indian Kashmir in September, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

(WION with inputs from AFP)