India releases four Pakistani prisoners

December 02, 2014

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The picture shows a paramilitary soldier at the Wagah border, Lahore. — Reuters/File
The picture shows a paramilitary soldier at the Wagah border, Lahore. — Reuters/File

LAHORE: India handed over four Pakistani prisoners to Rangers personnel at Lahore's Wagah Border on Tuesday.

Mohammad Alamgir, Hafiz Noman Butt, Javed Alam Shumail and Shahnawaz — detained in Indian prisons for a long period of time despite finishing their respective sentences — were released in return for the 36 Indian fishermen that were earlier repatriated to India from jails in Karachi. Out of the four, one was a fisherman while three others were civilians.

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Last week, 35 fishermen and one civilian were released from the District Prison Malir after completing their sentences.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest and accuse each other’s fishermen of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea. An estimated 419 Indian fishermen are currently held in Karachi's District Prison Malir, whereas according to the Fishermen Cooperative Society, approximately 400 Pakistani fishermen are currently being held in Indian prisons.