Source: News Bharati English06 Jun 2016 20:24:51
Wagah, June 6: Eighteen Indian fishermen were handed over to Border Security Force at Wagah Border by Pakistani authorities on Monday, after the former completed their sentences for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan's territorial waters.
Punjab Rangers handed over the 18 Indian fishermen, who were released yesterday from the Malir jail of Sindh province, to the Border Security Force at Wagah Border, a Rangers official, Muhamamd Asif, said. The fishermen were allowed to cross over the border after verification of their documents, he added.
For violating the territorial waters of the country, the fishermen were serving sentences in Malir Jail for the past few years. The Edhi Foundation, which paid for the arrangement for the fishermen's return to their home, said each fisherman was given Rs. 5,000 and gifts - clothes of themselves and their family members in India before their departure.
Both Indian and Pakistani fishermen are often arrested for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.
Pakistan has recently released Indian fishermen who had completed their term while over 400 others are currently in Karachi prisons.