Pakistan to release 151 Indian fishermen on Aug 2


KARACHI: After a meeting between Pakistan and Indian prime ministers recently in Ufa, Russia on the sidelines of SCO summit, Pakistan government has taken a step forward to release 151 Indian fishermen on August 2, 2015 as a goodwill gesture.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the meeting had announced to release all the fishermen languishing in their jails within 15 days. They had also taken initiatives to further strengthen the relationship and fight terrorism together.

However, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) in a statement issued on Thursday welcomed the initiative of the Pakistan government and expressed the hope that Indian government should also respond to release Pakistani fishermen by showing similar spirit.

These fishermen will come out from Landhi jail in Karachi on Sunday morning and will proceed to Wahga border, Lahore to further proceed to their homeland, India.

PFF chairperson Mohammad Ali Shah in his reaction said this initiative at the top level leadership of neighbouring countries had sent a joyful message to the families of detained fishermen in both the sides and their well-wishers, who are struggling to get the workforce released.

He linked the hope that now Indian government should also show their commitment to release 99 fishermen and around 215 fishing boats, soon. Because, the parents and relatives of fishermen here are waiting to see their loved ones. Shah said the Indian government had confirmed list of only 27 Pakistani fishermen in jails there. He demanded both the governments to take initiative to recognize their citizens and make possible to release them, as soon as possible. He said this initiative will further strengthen the relationship between the two neighbouring countries.