40 Indian fishermen held
26 October, 2013
KARACHI: Pakistan's maritime security agency has arrested at least 40 Indian fishermen after they strayed into its territorial waters, an official said on Friday.
The fishermen were held on Thursday after sailing deep into Pakistani waters, though 30 have since been released, an official from Maritime Security Agency (MSA) told AFP.
The detentions came a month after Pakistan held 58 Indian fishermen in similar circumstances, and two months after more than 300 were released from Pakistani jails as a goodwill gesture.
"They illegally came 30 to 35 nautical miles deep into Pakistani territorial waters and we arrested them," commander Muhammad Farooq said.
"On humanitarian grounds we set 30 old fishermen free there in line of our policy to not arrest children and old fishermen."
The fishermen were handed over to the police for further legal proceedings that generally mean months or even years in prison.