Pakistan release 113 Indian fishermen


Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen lodged in a jail in Karachi what they called a goodwill gesture, reports news agency PTI.

The release of Indian fishermen came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the holy month of Ramadan.

The deputy jail superintendent Muhammad Hussain Sehto said,”We have got orders from Islamabad that the fishermen have been released from Malir jail as a goodwill gesture on the occasion of the holy month of Ramzan starting tomorrow.”

 The 113 Indian fishermen will travel to Lahore by Karakoram Express and will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border tomorrow.

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.