A humanitarian move

A humanitarian move
May 25: Indian fishermen released from Pakistani prisons headed home. AFP photo

Pakistan released 151 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the new Modi-led Indian government on Monday. In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also ordered the release of 57 fishing boats.

The fishermen are being transported from Karachi to Lahore from where they will cross the Wagah border and be sent home.

Last year in August Pakistan released 337 Indian fishermen from jails in Karachi as a goodwill gesture. Another 15 Indian fishermen were released as a goodwill gesture on Diwali.

Pakistan has around 229 Indian fishermen and some 780 Indian boats in its custody, while India holds around 200 Pakistani fishermen and 150 boats. This is the first time that any side has moved to release confiscated boats.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *