Pakistan freed 147 Indian fishermen in karachi in goodwill gesture

Vastavam web: Pakistan today freed 147 Indian fishermen who were imprisoned in Karachi eight months ago for allegedly fishing in its territorial waters, according to a media report.Police in Islamabad confirmed that the fishermen were released in Karachi in a “goodwill gesture”. They will be taken to Lahore and handed over to Indian officials tomorrow at the Wagah border, a senior police official said.On December 28, Pakistan had released the first batch of 145 Indian fishermen, who were held there on similar charges.

The process for returning the 147 fishermen has been initiated, as they were set to travel to Lahore this afternoon on the Allama Iqbal Express from the Karachi Cantonment railway station, the Dawn reported.They said the travel expenses of the fishermen were being borne by the Edhi Foundation, a Pakistan-based not-for-profit welfare organisation.”Some 262 Indian fishermen remain imprisoned at Malir jail still,” jail superintendent Hassan Sehto said.Owing to prolonged bureaucratic and legal procedures, the fishermen usually languish in jail for several months.