Pakistan releases 147 Indian fishermen


KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday released 147 Indian fishermen, held for trespassing into its territorial waters, from Karachi’s Malir jail, jail administration officials said.

The process of returning the fishermen who were jailed eight months ago to their country has been initiated, as they are travelling to Lahore this afternoon on the Allama Iqbal Express from the Karachi Cantonment railway station, officials added.

In Lahore, the fishermen will cross the Wagah Border and return home, the officials added.

The travel expenses of the fishermen are being borne by the Edhi Foundation. Some 262 Indian fishermen remain imprisoned at Malir jail still, officials have said.

“The prisoners are kept in good conditions here. Non-Muslims are granted religious freedom, as well,” Superintendent Malir Jail Hassan Sehto said.

“Never in our history have an Indian prisoner and a Pakistani prisoner fought. In fact, the Pakistani prisoners share with the Indians things that their families bring for them when they visit them in jail.”

The fishermen of India and Pakistan occasionally stray into the other country’s waters during their fishing trips and are caught and put into jails where they remain imprisoned for long periods of time.


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