Indo-Pak joint working group meets, fishermen issue discussed
New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): The India-Pakistan Joint Working Group meeting for developing a mechanism for release of fishermen and their boats who inadvertently cross maritime borders was held here on Thursday.
The Indian delegation was led by the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, while the Pakistan delegation was led by Rear Admiral Waseem Akram, Director General, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).
The meeting was held in pursuance of the decision taken during the India-Pakistan Home/Interior Secretary level talks held on March 28-29, 2011.
Both sides had agreed to task the ICG and PMSA to work on setting up a mechanism for release of fishermen and their boats who accidentally trespass the maritime borders.
The group held preliminary discussions on the issue and recognised the need for addressing the humanitarian aspect of inadvertent transgressions by legitimate fishermen. (ANI)
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