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Pakistan arrests 29 Indian fishermen for allegedly trespassing waters

The fishermen were arrested on Wednesday (April 26) evening. (Representative image) (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)

Reuters Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan Apr 27, 2017, 02.01 PM (IST)

Pakistan's maritime security authorities arrested 29 Indian fishermen along with five boats for allegedly trespassing to Pakistan's territorial waters, a police official said on Thursday (April 27).

The fishermen were arrested on Wednesday (April 26) evening and were brought to Docks Police Station in the southern port city of Karachi on Thursday (April 27) afternoon for necessary legal action. Fishermen are expected to appear in a court of law on Friday (April 28).

India and Pakistan share an extensive oceanic border with each other which is poorly defined, resulting in fishermen on both sides inadvertently crossing over to the other side while netting their catch. The two countries frequently arrest each other's fishermen for encroachment.

Fishermen from both sides often spend years in each other's jails before being set free and sent home, because the neighbors have a disagreement over their maritime border in the Arabian Sea.

(Reuters)

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