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Pakistan releases 26 Indian fishermen from jail as goodwill gesture

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

today released 26 Indian fishermen from jail as a goodwill gesture, a day before newly-elected Parliament's maiden meeting to start the process of handing over powers to the new government, said.

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

They were shifted to from and will be taken to Lahore, International reported.

The fishermen will be handed over to Indian border officials at border tomorrow, the report said.

According to Saad Edhi, an of the foundation, the charity has paid the for the released Indian fishermen.

Speaking to reporters at the railway station, called on the governments of and to relax the rules for the poor fishermen.

"They represent the poorest section of two countries. They should be freed as early as possible and there should be less restrictions on fishing," he said.

Pakistan's newly-elected Parliament is meeting tomorrow for the first time to start the process of transition and handing over powers to the new government.

has already summoned the maiden session of National Assembly, the lower house, at 10 am in parliament house here.

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 Pakistan have raised the issue, pressing their governments to release the arrested fishermen without delay.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 21:45 IST