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Pakistan releases 100 Indian fishermen

April 21, 2019
 

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Pakistan has released another batch of 100 Indian fishermen as a gesture of goodwill.

Pakistan had decided to release a total of 360 prisoners, of whom 200 have been sent home already. They were detained by the Pakistani Coastguard for illegally fishing in the country’s territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.

The fishermen were taken from Karachi’s Landhi jail to Cantt Station. They will be handed over Indian authorities at Wagah Border.

“Pakistani police treated us well,” said a fisherman.

Related: 100 Indian fishermen head back home

The Edhi Foundation is taking care of the fishermen’s travel expenditures.

The last batch of 60 prisoners, comprising five fishermen and 55 others, will be allowed to cross the Wagha Border on April 29, according to Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal. He added that 347 Pakistani prisoners, 98 fishermen, and 249 others, are incarcerated in Indian jails. We hope India will reciprocate our goodwill gesture, he said.

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