Pak releases 220 Indian fishermen

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Dec 2016 08:43:34


Dec 25,


PAKISTAN on Sunday released 220 Indian fishermen, a goodwill gesture which comes amid strain in ties after the recent cross border terror incidents.
The 220 fishermen released from Malir jail here were arrested for allegedly entering Pakistan’s territorial waters illegally and fishing, jail superintendent Hassan Sehto told PTI.

The fishermen boarded a train to Lahore, from where they will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border.

“The interior ministry ordered the release of the 220 fishermen while 219 are still in our custody,” Sehto said. The goodwill gesture comes amid strain in ties between the two countries after Pakistan-based terrorists attacked an Indian Army base in Uri in September.