Pakistan Maritime Security Agency apprehended 85 Indian fishermen on Sunday on charges of fishing illegally within the territorial limits of Pakistan, a senior police official said.
City Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Adeel Hussain Chandio said the anglers were arrested from within the sea limits of Pakistan. The SSP added that their boats were also seized and handed over to the Docks Police for further legal action.
SHO Docks Police Shaukat Ali said 85 Indian fishermen and 14 ‘launches’ were seized as part of the operation. The arrested fishermen will likely be presented before a court on Monday.
Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.
The fishermen often languish in jail, even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two neighbours mean fulfilling bureaucratic requirements can take a long time.