Pakistan Arrest Over 100 Indian Fishermen Off Gujarat Coast

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More than 100 Indian fishermen were kept and around 18 of their boats were seized by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) off Jakhau drift in Gujarat’s Kutch region for purportedly damaging the nation’s oceanic boundry, a fishermen affiliation official said today.

“We have learnt that more than 100 fishermen who were ready around 18 fishing boats were secured by PMSA close to the worldwide sea limit line off Jakhau drift yesterday,” National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) secretary Manish Lodhari said.

“The fishermen who got away have educated us about this,” he said.

The NFF is attempting to set up contact with the Pakistani organizations to get the correct number of those kidnapped by PMSA, he said.

The PMSA had not long ago additionally arrested 115 fisherman and seized 19 water crafts.

“The 100 men would be taken to the court on Monday,” senior police official Adeel Chandio said after the fisherman were given over to the police by MSA authorities.

India and Pakistan routinely capture fisherman on charges of entering each other’s waters.

“In March up until this point, the PMSA has independently held more than 225 fisherman alongside about three dozen boats,” Mr Lodhari said.

The improvement comes after the Indian Coast Guard caught nine Pakistani nationals alongside an fishing boat off Jakhau drift in Kutch on Friday.

A month ago, the BSF had confined four surrendered Pakistani fishing boat close Sir Creek in Kutch locale amid a broad hunt operation in the zone.

Pakistan discharged 219 Indian fishermen as a “goodwill” motion in January.

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