Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Thursday arrested three Indian fishermen and seized three fishing boats on charges of illegally fishing in the country's exclusive economic zone.

The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) apprehended the Indian fishermen about 63 nautical miles inside Pakistani waters, a spokesman said.

The fishermen were handed over to the Docks police station in Karachi for investigation, he said.
The MSA detained 53 Indian fishermen last month.
India and Pakistan arrest hundreds of fishermen every year on charges of violating their maritime boundary.
In a single sweep in November last year, the MSA arrested 122 Indian fishermen and seized 23 fishing boats on charges of poaching.
The two countries have taken steps in recent months to expedite the release of fishermen who have completed jail terms.
Pakistan freed 179 Indian fishermen who had completed their sentences last month.
Another 360 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, remain in jail.

The India-Pakistan Judicial Committee on Prisoners recently called on the MSA and India's Coast Guard to finalise a mechanism for the release of fishermen who inadvertently cross the maritime boundary.
The panel recommended that the fishermen should be repatriated by sea lanes along with their boats.