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Pakistan arrests 11 Indian fishermen for violating maritime boundary

Karachi, Sept. 17 (ANI): Pakistani authorities have arrested 11 Indian fishermen and seized two of their boats for violating the country’s maritime boundary.

The fishermen were arrested by the Maritime Security Agency while they were allegedly fishing in Pakistani waters, officials said, adding that the men were later sent to a police station in Karachi, reports The Nation.

Pakistan and India arrest dozens of fishermen every year for violating the maritime boundary.

Earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari had announced the release of 270 captive Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture during Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Islamabad.

Last month, Pakistan had freed 55 Indian fishermen from the Malir Jail in Karachi as a goodwill gesture on the occasion of India’s Independence Day.

Malir Jail Superintendent Nazeer Hussain Shah had then said that there were around 70 to 80 Indian fishermen still inside Pakistani jails. (ANI)

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