Pakistan Releases 220 Indian Fishermen
By Vamsi Krishna N : 26-Dec-2016
About 220 Indian fishermen were released by the Pakistan military after they have been arrested for trespassing into the Pakistan water territory illegally, a Pakistan military official have told the media.
The release of these 220 Indian fishermen has been made as a gesture of goodwill on the eve of Christmas, said the Pakistan military official to the media.
According to the reports, a total number of 439 fishermen have been held by the Pakistan military force for illegally trespassing into the Pakistan water territory, for the sake of fishing purpose.
One of the Pakistan jail official, where the Indian fishermen have been held, told the media that of the 539 fishermen held, while the first batch of 220 Indian fishermen have left the Karachi Central Jail on Sunday and are expected to cross into the Indian border on Monday, the remaining 219 Indian fishermen are still in the custody of Pakistan and will be released in the next week.
"We released 220 Indian fishermen today as a goodwill gesture," Deputy Superintendent of Karachi's Malir prison Hassan Sehto told media, adding that 219 others still remain in Pakistani custody.
It has been observed from a long time that there have been several instances where the fishermen from both the countries enter into others water territories for the purpose of fishing and get arrested. This problem persists since there is no clear definition of the Arabian sea border between these two countries and many boats also lack the technology of fixing their precise locations.
One of the spokesperson belonging to the Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) said in a statement that, while Pakistan is making a goodwill gesture by releasing some of the Indian fishermen, India also reciprocate the action by releasing the Pakistan fishermen held in India, as its goodwill gesture.