The country’s maritime security forces on Sunday announced the arrest of at least 100 Indian fishermen for illegally fishing in its waters.
The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) made the arrests on Saturday night, and also impounded 19 wooden boats, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
“The 100 men would be taken to the court on Monday,” senior police official Adeel Chandio said after the fishermen were handed over to the police by MSA officials.
Every year dozens of Indian and Pakistani fishermen are picked up in the Arabian Sea after straying across maritime borders.
They often languish in prison even after serving their sentences, as poor diplomatic relations between the bitter nuclear foes hamper the bureaucracy.
Pakistan released 219 Indian fishermen as a “goodwill” gesture in January.
But overall relations have plummeted since a deadly attack on an Indian army base in the disputed region of Kashmir in September, which New Delhi blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammed.
There have since been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries.