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Pakistan arrests 27 Indian fishermen for straying in its waters

Pakistan has arrested 27 Indian fishermen for illegally straying into its territorial waters.

KARACHI // Pakistan has arrested 27 Indian fishermen for illegally straying into its territorial waters, officials said yesterday.

The arrests come after a ceasefire took hold last week in the disputed Kashmir region, following five deadly cross-border killings that threatened to unravel a fragile peace.

Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) arrested the Indian fishermen and seized six boats, alleging they were 65 kilometres inside Pakistani waters.

"MSA officials on Sunday seized some six Indian fishing boats and arrested 27 crew members for poaching inside Pakistani waters and handed them to us today," said police official Mohammad Hashim.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest each other's fishermen on charges of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea.

More than 200 Indian fishermen are jailed in Pakistan and about 125 Pakistani fishermen are in Indian prisons.