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Indian fishermen convicted by Pakistan court, to be sent back

PTI
Published : May 24, 2017, 9:23 pm IST
Updated : May 24, 2017, 9:23 pm IST

The Maritime Security Agency had detained the fishermen with their 60 boats after finding them fishing inside Pakistani territorial waters.

The fishermen along with their 60 boats after finding them fishing inside Pakistani territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. (Photo: Representational/File)
 The fishermen along with their 60 boats after finding them fishing inside Pakistani territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. (Photo: Representational/File)

Karachi: A Pakistani court has sentenced 350 Indian fishermen for fishing inside the country's territorial waters after they entered a guilty plea and ordered their repatriation, according to a media report.

Judicial magistrate Salman Amjad Siddiqui visited the district jail in Malir on Tuesday to indict 350 fishermen, who have been detained since January 27, Dawn newspaper reported. When the magistrate read out the charges against them, all the fishermen pleaded guilty of fishing inside Pakistani territorial waters, it said.

 

The court then took a lenient view and convicted the fishermen for a period they have already spent in detention and also directed the jail authorities to approach the department concerned to make arrangements for their repatriation.

The Maritime Security Agency had detained the fishermen along with their 60 boats after finding them fishing inside Pakistani territorial waters in the Arabian Sea in separate actions taken between January 27 and May 4 this year. 

The cases were registered against them at the Docks police station.

Tags: indian fishermen, pakistan court, maritime security agency
Location: Pakistan, Sindh, Karachi