Pakistan releases 100 more Indian fishermen
KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday released the third batch of 100 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture.
The 100 Indian fishermen were released from Karachi’s Central Jail. They were detained by the Pakistani Coastguard for illegally fishing in the country’s territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
The Edhi Foundation made arrangements for their travelling from Karachi Cantonment Station to Wagah border. The fishermen were brought to the station in Edhi ambulances amid tight security by Sindh police. They will be taken to Lahore through Business Express train and handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah Border.
Talking to PPI, the Edhi representative Salam said Edhi Foundation was bearing the fishermen’s travel expenditures. “They have also been given gifts and Rs2000 aid each to meet their travelling expenses to reach their homes from Wagah border.”
A fisherman, Raju, told PPI that the fishermen from Pakistan and India made mistakes while fishing in the sea to earn their livelihood. “We are happy and also expect Indian government will reciprocate Pakistan’s move.”
Earlier, Pakistan had released 200 prisoners. The last batch of 60 fishermen will be released next Sunday. Pakistan had announced to release 360 Indian prisoners, including 355 fishermen and five civilians, during the month of April.