Pakistan Detains Over 100 Indian Fishermen Off Gujarat Coast

India will host a meeting of the Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) next month is a sign that while it may not soon formally start the comprehensive bilateral dialogue (CBD) process, it is not averse to talking to Islamabad on important issues.

"We have learnt that more than 100 fishermen who were on board around 18 fishing boats were apprehended by PMSA near the global maritime boundary line off Jakhau coast yesterday", National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) secretary Manish Lodhari said".

When contacted, chairman of the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum Syed Muhammad Ali Shah said the frequent arrest of Pakistani fishermen by Indian authorities and counter arrests of Indian fishermen by Pakistani personnel had made life miserable for fishermen of both the countries. Earlier of this month PMSA detained 115 fishermen and seized 19 boats.

Every year dozens of Indian and Pakistani fishermen are picked up in the Arabian Sea after straying across maritime borders.

"We have learnt that more than 100 fishermen who were on board around 18 fishing boats were apprehended by the PMSA near the worldwide maritime boundary line off Jakhau coast", National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) secretary Manish Lodhari was quoted as saying. The fishermen were presented in court on Monday (March 27).

The incident took place following Indian Coast Guards' move of capturing nine Pakistani nations along with a fishing boat off Jakhau coast in Kutch on March 24.

In February, the BSF had arrested four unrestrained Pakistani fishing boats near Sir Creek in Kutch district in an extensive search operation in the region.

Pakistan released 219 Indian fishermen as a "goodwill" gesture in January.

  • Leroy Wright