Early on Thursday morning, the Border Security Force (BSF) detained four Pakistani fishermen and seized ten Pakistani boats in Kutch along the maritime border between the two countries. According to a BSF statement, a special ambush unit of BSF Bhuj caught four Pakistani fishermen and seized ten of their boats when they tried to cross the border into India through one of the Harami Nalla water channels in Gujarat’s Kutch District. The BSF Bhuj Special Ambush Party has sealed off the area after observing movement between Border Posts Nos. 1165 and 1166. The notification stated that the region was still being searched. Following the detention, BSF patrolling teams conducted a thorough search to see if any further boats of this type from the neighbouring nation had entered the Indian seas. It stated, “Nothing unusual was recovered from the fishing boats.”
The Border Security Force (BSF) recently carefully returned a three-year-old Pakistani toddler, who unintentionally crossed the International Border (IB), to the security forces of the neighbouring country, according to officials. According to BSF, on Friday at around 7:15 p.m., soldiers from the 182 Bn BSF’s Ferozepur Sector took a Pakistani toddler into custody, who was about 3 years old, as he attempted to cross into Indian territory.
The statement read: “They claimed the child was unable to say anything and was held in the safe custody of BSF.” Given that the incident included an unintentional crossover, BSF further spoke with the Pakistani Rangers, and at around 9:45 p.m., the Pakistani youngster in question was given to the Rangers as a show of goodwill and on humanitarian grounds. The statement added, “BSF always employs a humanitarian strategy when dealing with unintentional border crossers.” Last month twenty Indian fishermen who had been imprisoned in Karachi for the previous five years for allegedly fishing illegally in Pakistani seas were freed as part of a peace gesture by Pakistan.
The 20 fishermen were detained in the Malir district jail in Karachi’s Landhi neighbourhood. During their journey to the Wagah border, they were sent to Lahore, where they were turned over to Indian authorities. According to Muhammad Irshad, the federal authorities ordered the release of the fishermen. “They had spent the previous five years behind bars. They were given to the Edhi Trust and they will go to Lahore with police protection, he had said. According to Mr. Irshad, the fishermen were imprisoned for unlawfully fishing in Pakistani territorial waters after being apprehended by the Maritime Security Force in June 2018. Faisal Edhi, who heads the welfare foundation, said all expenses and travelling of the Indian fishermen were being taken care of by them. Edhi Trust is a non-profit social welfare organization.
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Indo-Pakistan maritime Trespassing
India-Pakistan maritime trespassing is the term used to describe the routine violation of the respective national territorial waters of India and Pakistan, during times of peace.
Most trespassing occurs when Indian and Pakistani fishermen use the coastlines of Gujarat, an Indian state, and Sindh, a Pakistani province. The lack of a physical boundary and inadequate navigational equipment for small fishermen are the main causes of breaches. The coast guards of both countries detain hundreds of fisherman. But due to the tense relations between the two countries, releasing them is challenging and time-consuming. The long-drawn border conflict and disputes have led to greater vigilance and enhanced patrolling of maritime borders. Military conflicts between the countries give rise to greater tensions. Strict observation and immediate actions take place in the Arabian Sea and the coastline shared along the Indian state of Gujarat and the Pakistani province of Sind by the Maritime Security Agency of Pakistan and the Indian Coast Guard.
The disagreement over Sir Creek in Kutch and the inability to definitively establish the maritime border between the two countries have made the issue worse. The majority of local fishermen lack navigational equipment and are unable to locate themselves using longitudes or latitudes. A lot of the time, the people and nations of the imprisoned fisherman are unaware of their condition. Fishermen and their boats frequently vanish from coastal villages, but their locations are unknown for a long time. Indian authorities estimate that there are over 100 fishing boats and acknowledge that they frequently are unable to determine how many fishermen have wandered off. When fishermen are detained, they typically aren’t granted their basic legal rights and are treated more like prisoners of war. With varying degrees of success, certain NGOs and human rights organizations have tried to petition both governments and speak for the families of imprisoned fishermen.