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    Pakistan frees 151 Indian fishermen

    May 26, 2014
    In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan on Sunday freed 151 Indian fishermen, a day ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India to attend Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
     
    Syed Nazir Hussain, the superintendent of the Malir jail in Karachi, told PTI that the Indian prisoners were released on written directives of the interior and foreign ministries.
     
    “Most of these prisoners are poor Indian fishermen who were arrested and brought here for trespassing into Pakistani territorial waters,” he said.
     
    The freed prisoners were taken in an air-conditioned bus from Karachi to Wagah border in Lahore from where they will be handed over to Indian authorities.
     
    Out of 151 fishermen who were held for alleged violation of international maritime boundary, 25 are from Diu, 10 are from Maharashtra, 1 from West Bengal, 5 are from Uttar Pradesh and 2 are from Dadra Nagar Haveli, rest of them are from Gujarat. Among them highest 58 are from Una in Junagadh district.
    Last year in August, Pakistan had released around 337 Indian prisoners from jails. Later on Diwali also, 15 Indian fishermen were released as a goodwill gesture.
     
    Keywords: Sri Lankan news, Narendra Modi swearing-in, Lok Sabha elections 2014, Narendra Modi, Nawaz Sharif, swearing-in ceremony, India foreign policy, BJP government, Indian fishermen in Pakistan
     
    Last modified on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:03

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