Pakistan releases 86 jailed fishermen to India as goodwill gesture

By REUTERS
March 6, 2016 14:32

 
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As many as 86 Indian fishermen were on Sunday released from Landhi Jail in the port city of Karachi by Pakistani authorities as a goodwill gesture.

The fishermen, officials said, departed for India via a business train from Karachi Cantt station.

According to Jail Superintendent of Landhi Jail, the fishermen who left Karachi at midday on Sunday, will be handed over to Indian authorities on Wagah Border on Monday.

Most of the prisoners had spent around five months in prison after straying into Pakistani territorial waters.

"The government of Pakistan has, as a goodwill gesture, decided to release 173 prisoners. Out of them 87 are being released today. 86 of these are fishermen, while one is a civilian. The remaining 86 fishermen will be sent (to India) on March 21," Mohammad Naseem Siddiqui, an official from the Passport Department told reporters.

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