India returns gesture with 32 Pakistani fishermen


Reciprocating Pakistan’s gesture, India has released 32 Pakistani fishermen lodged in Kutch district. The fishermen Wednesday were on their way to Wagah border to return to Pakistan.

“These 32 fishermen from Pakistan have been in Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) for almost six months. They were captured while fishing inside the Indian maritime boundary and kept in Bhuj-based JIC. We have released them today. Our team has already left for Wagah border with these fishermen,” Kutch West Superintendent of Police Vidhi Chaudhari said.

The 32 fishermen will be handed over to Pakistan authorities at the Wagah border.

Earlier, Pakistan released 151 Indian fishermen before the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Delhi to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Tuesday announced that officials of the State Fisheries Department will arrive at Veraval on Thursday with the 151 fishermen who were handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah border by Pakistan.