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Fishermen from India sit while waiting in line before their release at a prison in Karachi. — File photo/Reuters
Fishermen from India sit while waiting in line before their release at a prison in Karachi. — File photo/Reuters

KARACHI, Aug 21: The government of Pakistan will release 338 Indian prisoners on Friday.

The 330 adult prisoners detained at the Malir district prison while eight minors are detained at the Youthful Offenders Industrial School in the city will be crossing over to India via the Wagah border crossing in Lahore in compliance with the government’s decision conveyed by the federal interior ministry to the Sindh home department earlier this week.

The prisoners, whose status as Indian nationals was confirmed by New Delhi earlier, are being released as a goodwill gesture. The government’s decision to release them was announced by Pakistan’s foreign minister during the recent visit of India’s foreign minister to Pakistan for normalisation of relations between both countries.

Meanwhile, the Legal Aid Office headed by retired Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid has arranged for eight luxury air-conditioned coaches and meals on behalf of the Sindh government for transportation of prisoners to the Wagah border. They will be accompanied by representatives of the Legal Aid Office and protocol officers of the Sindh Police’s special branch.

As per the latest official jail population statements, 427 Indian fishermen detainees out of whom three are under trial, one convicted Indian national and eight Indian youthful offenders are confined in the Malir district prison and Youthful Offenders Industrial School.

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PIYUSH KUMAR PANDEY Aug 22, 2013 04:56pm

A very good gesture by pakistan....hope for the best

Joe Aug 22, 2013 06:15pm

@PIYUSH KUMAR PANDEY: I am very Happy for those poor fisherman. They are not criminals, unintentionally they may have cross the border. well any ways this is good start.

HR Aug 22, 2013 06:26pm

Very good gesture by Pakistan....India should reciprocate...

Both countries need to release all civilian from each others jail who are caught just because they crossed into each others waters where there are no posts deimiting the borders

a Aug 22, 2013 07:02pm

We should NOT be releasing ANY indian prisoners because of the unprovoked firing by indian soldiers on the border that resulted in death of a Pakistani soldier. Pakistan need to show india that any aggression will not be tolerated at any cost.

Khan Aug 22, 2013 08:26pm

How many Pakistani prisoners are released by India. We keep on releasing Indian prisoners without a response from India. What a shame.

Binit Aug 22, 2013 09:43pm

A very welcome move.... Many thanx....

Faiz Aug 23, 2013 02:37am

Good job Justice Nasir Zahid, on their return home arrangement