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Pakistan arrests 74 Indian fishermen

25 March, 2009

KARAHCI: Indian fishermen held by Pakistan Maritime Security Forces for encroaching Pakistan`s water are being carried to Dalsin Police station.
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KARACHI (AFP): Pakistan`s Maritime Security Agency said Wednesday it has seized 13 boats and arrested 74 Indian fishermen for illegally trawling in its waters in the Arabian Sea.

"Indian fishermen have been cautioned repeatedly to abide by our maritime limits but they have again violated Pakistani territorial waters," MSA spokesman Lieutenant Commander Tanweer Shahid said.

"We have seized 13 boats and arrested 74 fishermen."

"They were arrested last night, 75 nautical miles inside Pakistan territorial waters. We have handed them over to the police," he added.

The South Asian rivals frequently seize each other`s fishermen, accusing them of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea, before swapping hundreds of them in exchanges.

"We have been given custody of 74 fishermen by the Maritime Security Agency," police official Mohammad Aslam told AFP.

Pakistani prison authorities in November released 99 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture, reciprocating the release of 28 Pakistani prisoners from Indian jails and coming one day before the Mumbai attacks.

Relations between India and Pakistan have become increasingly tense after 10 gunmen killed 165 people in Mumbai last November.

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