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Pakistan frees 315 Indian fishermen as “goodwill gesture”

Published Jun 27, 2012 09:29am


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Indian fishermen wait to board into a bus after their released from a jail in Karachi. – AFP (File Photo)

KARACHI: Pakistan on Wednesday released 315 Indian fishermen, including 14 teenagers, who were held in prison for violating territorial waters, officials said.

The release, described as a “goodwill gesture”, is part of an understanding between the countries to release citizens who mistakenly stray into each other's territorial waters.

It came one day after India said a planned meeting between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers had been postponed. Pakistan has been in political upheaval since the Supreme Court dismissed the prime minister last week.

“We have released 315 Indian fishermen from our jail on the instructions of the government,” Nazeer Husain Shah, superintendent of the Malir district prison in Karachi told AFP.

“Those released include 14 teenage boys,” he said.

Haider Ali Haider, who runs charity Saiban designed to help imprisoned fishermen, said six buses had taken the Indians to the eastern city of Lahore, from where they would cross the Wagah border.

Officials say at least 150 Indian fishermen are still in Pakistani jails and 250 Pakistanis in Indian prisons.

Sharjeel Memon, the information minister for southern province Sindh on the Arabian Sea, said the releases were “a goodwill gesture”.


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Comments (8) Closed

A.Bajwa Jun 27, 2012 11:52am
Pakistan and India should have a Fisheries Management arrangement to avoid repeated occurring this plight . FAO has helped in many such agreements and should be asked for help.
Raghav Jun 27, 2012 10:20am
Thats really great news ! Thanks Pakistan :)
vijay Jun 27, 2012 10:12am
Good move! Hope the peace process continues from both sides.
Bhavesh Jun 27, 2012 11:36am
Can any1 forward me a recorded video if it's available on Pakistan New Channels or any?
Manulegend Jun 27, 2012 11:31am
Thank you Pakistan.. Hopefully our government responds in kind.
viju Jun 27, 2012 12:06pm
As an atonement for not releasing Sarabjit singh, Pres Zardari has ordered the release of these Indian fisherman
Ajmal Jun 27, 2012 03:52pm
Hope , next hours we should not hear that it was a mistake or a different story.
Lakhkar Khan Jun 27, 2012 01:33pm
Fantastic!! Awesome!! Speed up the process and keep it going on both sides. From the land of Bacha Khan baba.