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Pak releases another 100 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

has released another 100 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture amidst tensions between the two countries after the terror attack.

The fishermen released on Saturday were part the second batch of 360 Indian prisoners has announced to set free in four phases this month.

had released first batch of 100 Indian fishermen on April 7.

Another 100 Indian fishermen were released from in as a goodwill gesture, officials said.

They were being taken to through train where they would be handed over to the Indian authorities at Wagah border on Monday.

The fishermen were arrested for fishing illegally in Pakistani waters during various operations.

Pakistan had released first batch of 100 Indian fishermen on April 7.

Another 100 will be freed on April 22 and the process will be completed on April 29 when 55 fishermen and 5 prisoners shall be released.

Pakistan and frequently arrest fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime border in the and these fishermen do not have boats equipped with the technology to know their precise location.

Owing to the lengthy and slow bureaucratic and legal procedures, the fishermen usually remain in jail for several months and sometimes years.

Pakistan's announcement to release the fishermen came amidst escalating tensions between and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's district on February 14.

launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's province.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 18:40 IST
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