The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In a ges­ture of good­will, Pak­istani prison author­i­ties on Sun­day re­leased 163 In­dian na­tion­als im­pris­oned at the Landhi jail in Karachi.

An 11-year-old boy was also among those re­leased to­day by Pak­istani author­i­ties. The re­lease comes weeks af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi met on the side­lines of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SCO) Sum­mit in Ufa and agreed to restart a stalled peace di­a­logue process be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. Among the steps agreed by both pre­miers dur­ing the meet­ing on July 10 was a de­ci­sion on the re­lease of fish­er­men in each other's cus­tody along with boats within a pe­riod of fif­teen days. Marine forces of the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries fre­quently ar­rest each other's fish­er­men for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing the poorly-de­fined mar­itime bor­der in the Ara­bian Sea.

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