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147 Indian fishermen released by Pak cross over via Wagah

Press Trust of India  |  Wagah 

A total of 147 Indian fishermen, released by after spending eight months in captivity in Karachi, crossed over to through the border here today, officials said.

In a goodwill gesture, Pakistani authorities had released 147 fishermen yesterday.

Their release followed a December announcement by Foreign Office that nearly 300 Indian fishermen would be freed in two phases till January 8.

On December 28, had released the first batch of 145 Indian fishermen, who were held there on similar charges.

The fishermen travelled from to and then crossed through the Wagah border today, officials said.

Fishermen from and are frequently detained for illegally fishing in each other's territorial waters since the does not have a clearly defined marine border and the wooden boats lack the technology to avoid being drifting away.

Owing to prolonged bureaucratic and legal procedures, the fishermen usually languish in jail for several months.

A number of non-governmental organisations in both and have raised the issue, pressing their governments to release arrested fishermen without much delay.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:11 IST