According to reports, the Pakistani authorities have arrested 16 Indian fishermen for allegedly crossing the Pakistani territorial waters to catch fishes.
The Maritime Security Agency (MSA), mentioned by the Indian media, said that three boats of the fishermen were also taken into custody by Pakistani authorities for violating Pakistan’s coastal territory.
Xinhua reported, the arrested fishermen were handed over to police for legal investigations and proceedings.
Earlier, in August, at least nine Pakistani fishermen were arrested by Indian Coast Guard after they allegedly crossed the Indian territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. The crew and boat were taken to Okha port and have been handed over to local Marine Police for further investigation.
The Indian government released the fishermen a week after Pakistan released 26 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture before the formation of the new government.
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) chairman Muhammad Ali Shah had said that the maritime boundary between India and Pakistan was not demarcated which cause the arrests of fishermen from both countries.
He said that fishermen and their families have to face financial losses for years. He added that fishing was banned in June and July and fishermen, who set sail in the first week of August, and the fishermen might have mistakenly crossed the undefined boundary in search of the fish catch.