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Published: Mon, December 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Pakistan Releases Over 200 Indian Fishermen In Goodwill Gesture

Pakistan Releases Over 200 Indian Fishermen In Goodwill Gesture

Pakistan today released 220 Indian fishermen held for allegedly violating territorial waters, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his birthday, goodwill gestures that came despite strained ties over cross border terror incidents.

The fishermen were released from Malir jail in Karachi.

Pakistani officials said the Indian fishermen were released from a jail in the port city of Karachi on December 25.

Pakistan and India often arrest fishermen from each other countries when they stray across unmarked global boundaries in the Arabian Sea.

Spokesman for Edhi Foundation said the fishermen would be brought to Lahore through train and Edhi Foundation will bear all the expenditures in this regard.

Indian and Pakistani fishermen are often held for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly demarcated.

The nation plans to release another 219 Indian fishermen on January 5, Pakistan officials said. The leaders demanded that Indian government should reciprocate and release around 150 Pakistani fishermen languishing in Indian jails.

Around 17 Pakistani fishermen have been imprisoned in India for the past 17 years, remarked Shah.

The PIPFPD release on Sunday quoted Pakistan's National Labour Council secretary Karamat Ali as saying that Indian Coast Guard had arrested 26 Pakistani fishermen and seized their five boats on December 20, adding that PMSA too had arrested 43 Indian fishermen on November 20.

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