ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday lodged a formal protest with India over the capture of its 13 fishermen by India, and called for their immediate release.

The Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad was called to the Foreign Office on Monday where the Director General South Asia and SAARC registered a formal protest over the actions of Indian authorities on March 15, a statement by ministry of foreign affairs read.

Pakistan demanded that the fishermen be immediately released and their boat returned.

Pakistan’s Fishermen Cooperative Society claimed that the fishermen along with their boat were well within Pakistan’s territorial waters, at Khajar Creek, when they were captured by Indian authorities.

The foreign office conveyed its concern over the incident, saying that it was not only against international law and practices, but was also against the spirit of positive steps being taken by the governments of both countries to improve and normalise bilateral relations.–Monitoring Desk