India release 88 Pak fishermen as goodwill gesture for Ramadan


A day after Pakistan announced its decision to release 113 Indian fishermen lodged in Karchi jail, India too has reciprocated releasing 88 Pakistani fishermen currently in Gujarat jails as a goodwill gesture on Ramadan.

There are currently 115 Pakistani fishermen in Indian jails and India have decided to release 88 of them after the Pakistani authorities confirmed their identities. These fishermen will handed over to Pakistani officials on June 21.

India will release the remaining fishermen after their identities are confirmed by Pakistan.

On June 16, Modi had phoned Sharif to wish him on the occasion of Ramadan and stressed the need for having peaceful and friendly bilateral ties.
During his telephonic conversation, PM Modi also conveyed to Sharif, India’s decision to release detained Pakistani fishermen.

“He reiterated to Prime Minister Sharif his message of peaceful, friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries,” said an official release.

Pakistan had recently passed an anti-India resolution after PM Modi’s indirect remarks regarding Pakistan providing shelter to certain terror organizations and failing to curb cross-border terror and infiltration.

Modi’s critical remarks about Pakistan came during his Dhaka visit and in the wake of India’s military action in Myanmar.

India and Pakistan regularly arrest fishermen who venture into unmarked territorial waters of the two countries.