Gujarat for legislation to stop misuse of boats seized by Pak

The Gujarat government is to bring in legislation to stop the misuse of fishing boats captured by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) off Gujarat coast. The Government is to introduced the bill in the during the ongoing Budget session.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said this in the House. He was referring to the MV Kuber’, a Gujarat-registered fishing boat ‘which was hijacked by Pakistani terrorists who carried out the 26/01 Mumbai attacks in 2008. Rupani made the statement during a discussion on a recent incident wherein 63 fishermen on board 11 boats from the state were captured by Pakistan agency in February of Gujarat coast.

Senior Congress MLA, Punja Vansh raised the issue in the assembly. Vansh said though fishermen are handed over to Indian authorities, Pakistan never returned the boats. Meanwhile Rupani said that it was the Centre that dealt with Pakistan on this matter. The Gujarat government makes regular representation to the Centre about the issues, he added.

The chief minister said that the PMSA does not enter the Indian side and abduct fishermen. But they only capture the fishermen and the boast when they cross the international line. He stressed that the Gujarat government was vigilant and want to make sure that boats in the Pakistan custody are not misused as happened in Kuber.

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