Pak­istan re­leases 163 In­dian fish­er­men in good­will ges­ture

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pak­istan on Sun­day re­leased 163 In­dian fish­er­men held for vi­o­lat­ing its ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters as a good­will ges­ture amid ten­sions over the dis­puted Hi­malayan ter­ri­tory of Kash­mir and an at­tack on a po­lice sta­tion.

The fish­er­men were freed from Malir jail in the south­ern port city of Karachi.

“We have a to­tal 660 In­di­ans in the prison and most of them are fish­er­men, who were ar­rested for vi­o­la­tions of ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters in the Ara­bian Sea dur­ing the last two years. We have (to­day) re­leased 163 fish­er­men as a good­will ges- ture,” jail su­per­in­ten­dent Muham­mad Has­san Se­hto told AFP.

Those re­leased in­clude five chil­dren aged be­tween 10 and 14.

A 10-year-old from In­dia’s Gu­jarat state, who spent eight months be­hind bars, left with tears of emo­tion.

And a 12-year-old named Bharat said he had been in­car­cer­ated for 18 months “just be­cause there is no line in the wa­ter (be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan).”

Pak­istan’s lead­ing char­ity the Edhi Foun­da­tion paid the travel ex­penses of the In­di­ans and pre­sented them with gifts on their de­par­ture from the rail­way sta­tion.

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