Karachi, Dec 25: Pakistan on Sunday released 220 Indian fishermen from the Malir Jail in Karachi. They were arrested for ‘violating the territorial waters of Pakistan’ in the Arabian Sea, according to Pakistani authorities.
According to official sources, the fishermen were released as a goodwill gesture. The goodwill gesture comes amid a strain in ties between the two countries after Pakistan-based terrorists attacked an Indian army base in Uri in September.
PTI quoting the Jail Superintendent Hassan Setho said that the fishermen boarded the train to Lahore from where they will be handed over to the Indian authorities at the Wagah Border. He said that the fishermen were released as per the order of the interior ministry of Pakistan. 219 fishermen are still in the custody of Pakistan, he added.
Last week, the Pakistan fishermen forum claimed that Indian maritime authorities had picked up dozens of Pakistani fishermen from inside Pakistan’s territorial waters near the Gujarat coastline and taken them away, though the government has not responded to the claim so far.