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As a Goodwill gesture:Pakistan frees 220 Indian fishermen







On 25th of December Pakistan released 220 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters as a “goodwill gesture” to its nuclear-armed rival India, officials said.“We released 220 Indian fishermen today as a goodwill gesture,” Deputy Superintendent of Karachi’s Malir prison Hassan Sehto told AFP, adding that 219 others still remain in Pakistani custody.

The freed fishermen are expected to cross over into India on coming Monday.Pakistani and Indian fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.The fishermen often languish in jail, even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two neighbours mean fulfilling bureaucratic requirements can take a long time.

Spokesman for Edhi Foundation said that the fishermen would be brought to Lahore through train and Edhi Foundation will bear all the expenditures in this regard.Edhi Foundation also presented gifts and cash amount to the Indian fishermen

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