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Conflicts over fishing rights are not infrequent along the International Maritime Boundary Line between India and Pakistan. Discuss how both countries can ensure that fishermen are not victims of a deterioration in ties between the countries.

Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations.

3. Conflicts over fishing rights are not infrequent along the International Maritime Boundary Line between India and Pakistan. Discuss how both countries can ensure that fishermen are not victims of a deterioration in ties between the countries. (250 Words)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Recently an Indian fisherman was killed in firing by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) off Gujarat.

Key Demand of the question:

Highlight the present state of conflicts over fishing rights between India and Pakistan, and how this can be resolved.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them.

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Describe the current state of conflict of fishing rights by highlighting the killing of Indian fishermen.

Body:

Mention about the established international practices and bilateral understandings.

Talk about how Civilians along international borders often get caught in disputes between countries.

Mention about fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward for collaboration between countries for solving the issue.