Amritsar: 200 fishermen who were detained by Pakistan were released through India’s strong diplomatic intervention and were handed over to Indian BSF personnel at Attari-Vaga border. Officials informed that all the fishermen arrived in India by 1 am using the ‘Emergency Travel Certificate’ issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
Pakistani soldiers arrested the fishermen after their boats violated the Pakistan’s maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea. Officials said that, fishermen who arrived on Indian soil from Pakistani detention, showed their gratitude by bowing in front of the Indian flag. After the release, the doctors provided a medical check-up to the fishermen.
Many similar incidents are taking place at the Pakistan borders. Indian fishermen are more likely to slip across the border due to the deterioration of Pakistan’s Maritime boundaries, this leads to Pakistani soldiers arresting and detaining those who cross the border without knowing it. Their boats are also seized by Pakistan. Many fishermen were released from Pakistan’s custody through India’s fierce diplomatic struggles against it.