Pakistan, in a goodwill gesture, on Monday handed over the 78 prisoners to the Border Security Force (BSF) at a joint check post at Attari/Wagah border. The Indian fishermen were arrested in May last year when their boats entered Pakistan’s waters in an area of the Arabian Sea.
Speaking to reporters in Madurai, he said during the talks between the two leaders at New Delhi on Friday, “Modi has stressed for a permanent solution to the issue of Indian fishermen.”
With this, the number of Indian fishermen arrested by the PMSA has gone up to around 500
A bench of Justices A R Dave, Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy asked Italian authorities here to give an undertaking to abide by conditions under which Latorre was allowed to leave India.
This is the fourth detention of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy this month on the charge of fishing in the island nation’s waters.
The Pakistani newspaper Dawn blamed the delay on the absence of any Indian officials at the border to complete the formalities of the crossing over.
Marking of the maritime boundary should be done in a way so that it is easily identifiable by the fishermen, said the External Affairs Minister.
The fishermen were arrested for poaching in the country’s waters off the north west of Talaimannar and Palk Strait this morning, Navy spokesman Akram Alavi said.
The mail said the fishermen have been released on November 7 from their exclusive economic zone.
An official of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has confirmed that “27 Indian fishermen were arrested with their four fishing vessels.”
Coast Guard operation Centre in Gandhinagar confirmed the incident but refused to divulge any detail.
All the fishermen were part of a larger group, which had put out to sea in 531 boats on Monday.
Pakistan also said on Thursday that it would released 113 Indian fishermen lodged in a jail in Karachi. They are expected to be handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah border.
The fishermen were arrested by Pakistan’s Maritime Security forces on Friday night in the Arabian Sea.
Karunanidhi, however, welcomed Sirisena’s statement that his country wanted a solution to this issue without affecting the ties with India.