In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today ordered the sack of 151 Indian fishermen and 57 boats, a day in advance of the sojourn of his visit to India to see the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
Authorities released 59 Indian fishermen from the Malir jail in Karachi and another 92 from Nara jail in Hyderabad in Sindh province.
In accordance with Sharif’s instructions, the prisoners will be passed over to Indian authorities tomorrow at the Wagha / Attari border, the Prime Minister’s Office stated in a press handout.
The freed captives were packed in an air-conditioned bus from Karachi to Wagah border in Lahore.
Handing over of the boats is also being coordinated with the Indian government, the instruction read.
Pakistan is putting out all those fishermen whose status as Indian nationals has been confirmed by Indian agencies.
Some of the released prisoners told Geo News channel that they were enchanted to be getting backward to their kins.