KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday released 26 Indian fishermen from Karachi’s Malir jail as a goodwill gesture.
The released Indian fishermen were shifted to Cantt Railway Station to transport them to Lahore from where they would be sent to India through Wagah border.
The released fishermen were presented gifts and cash prizes by the jail authorities.
All of the fishermen had been arrested by the authorities as they trespassed into Pakistani waters territory.
The Indian prisoners appreciated the way they were treated by Pakistani jail authorities and were delighted upon their release. They also said that upon reaching India, they will request the Indian authorities to release Pakistani prisoners in reciprocation.
According to an Edhi official, the charity has paid the travel expenses to the Indian fishermen.
Speaking to media persons at the railway station, Saad Edhi called on the governments of Pakistan and India to relax rules for the poor fishermen.
“They represent the poorest section of two countries. They should be freed as early as possible and there should be less restrictions on fishing,” he said.