Pakistan releases 163 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture


KARACHI: Pakistan has released one hundred and sixty three Indian fishermen from Landhi Jail as a goodwill gesture.


The released fishermen will be sent to Lahore via Allama Iqbal Express train and handed over to Indian officials at Wahga border.

Earlier, federal government had decided to release as many as 163 Indian fishermen including eight Muslims as a goodwill gesture.

The prisoners, apprehended 10 months ago after straying into Pakistan’s territorial water, will be released today from District Jail Malir.

Fishermen are frequently arrested along with their boats by both India and Pakistan as the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined, and many fishing boats lack the technology needed to be certain of their precise location.

Both countries also use the release of fishermen to express goodwill from time to time.

The fishermen often languish in jail even after serving their term, as poor diplomatic ties between the two arch-rivals mean fulfilling official requirements can take a long time.