KARACHI - Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 44 Indian and Bangladeshi fishermen for violating the country’s territorial waters in the Arabian Sea here on Friday.

The MSA detained the fishermen after they strayed into Pakistani waters along with eight boats.

The fishermen were handed over to the Docks police. “The MSA has handed these fishermen over to us for further legal proceedings,” said SHO Docks Zawwar Hussain Shah. “One of them is the Bangladeshi national who was also fishing illegally along with the Indian fishermen in the Pakistani waters.”

The police have registered an FIR 127/15 under Foreign and Fisheries Acts on behalf of the state and initiated investigation, said the officer. The police will present the fishermen before a magistrate who will send them to jail for violating the territorial waters of the country illegally.

Such arrests are frequently carried out by both the countries as the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined. On February 15, Pakistani authorities had released 172 Indian fishermen who were arrested for violating the territorial waters in the Arabian Sea and were imprisoned at District Jail, Malir. Nearly, 349 Indian fishermen are already imprisoned in Karachi. Similar number of Pakistani fishermen has also been kept in the custody of Indian authority for similar violation of territorial waters.