Pakistan detains 31 Indian fishermen


Pakistan has detained 31 Indian fishermen and seized their 14 boats for fishing in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, the maritime security agency said on Sunday. The fishermen were held by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) during routine patrolling on Saturday, it said in a statement. Some 14 Indian fishing boats along with 31 crew members were “apprehended for poaching well inside Pakistani waters (approximately 110 nautical miles),” the statement said. “Indian fishermen continue to intrude in Pakistan’s marine rich Indus delta region containing high quality fish, at the cost of livelihood of local fishermen resulting in depletion of our fish stock and ecological damage to rare fish species,” the PMSA said. The agency handed over the fishermen to police for further investigation, the statement said.