18 Indian fishermen arrested for violating maritime border


The Pakistani marine forces have arrested 18 Indian fishermen for violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, police said on Sunday.

The Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) detained the fishermen after they entered into Pakistani waters and subsequently they were handed over to local police in the port city of Karachi.

“The MSA has handed over 18 arrested Indian fishermen to police who will be presented before the docks police for further investigation,” a senior police official said.

Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours have taken a turn for the worse in recent months, with shelling on the disputed border in Kashmir. In August, Pakistan released 163 Indian fishermen as an expression of goodwill. In October, the marine forces arrested 27 Indian fishermen and impounded their four boats after they strayed into Pakistani waters.