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Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum calls for release of Pak, Indian fishermen March 26,2013   |  Source: The Nation

Pakistani fishermen organisations activists and Indian human right activist and journalist have demanded the Pakistan and Indian governments release all the fishermen jailed in both countries.

Mohammad Ali Shah, chairperson of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), Jatin Desai, senior journalist from Mumbai, India and Karamat Ali, Executive Director, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) while addressing a joint press conference at the Press Club on Monday said the arrest of Pakistani and Indian fishermen had intensified in the recent months after violations at the Line of Control (LOC).
The activists of both the countries said that during the last one month around 40 Indian boats had been confiscated by Maritime Security Agency of Pakistan, which involved over 100 fishermen, who were put behind the bars in Karachi's Malir jail. The total number of Indian fishermen in Malir jail is 342.
Similar is the situation on Indian side. According to official data provided in the Supreme Court of India as on February 12, 2013, a total of 297 Pakistanis had been languishing in Indian jails, which included 37 fishermen, they added.
“The process of verification of the citizens was quite cumbersome as according to the list submitted by the Indian government, there

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