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Pakistan releases 26 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

today released 26 Indian fishermen from as a goodwill gesture, said.

They had been arrested by the authorities here for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan's territorial waters.

The fishermen were shifted to and will be taken to from there they would be sent to through Wagah border, The reported.

The released fishermen were presented with gifts and cash prizes by the jail authorities, the report said.

The Indian prisoners said that upon reaching India, they will request the Indian authorities to release Pakistani prisoners in reciprocation.

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

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

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 21:25 IST