Eighty-seven Pakistani fishermen released from a jail in Indian Gujarat will arrive at the Wagah border today (Monday), officials said.
Indian news agency Press Trust of India, however, quoted an official of Gujarat Fishermen Association (GFA) as saying that 89 prisoners were released by Indian authorities.
The fishermen were captured between November 2010 and January 2011 for illegally entering Indian waters in the Arabian Sea.
Fishermen from India and Pakistan often end up in prisons across the border when they cross international maritime boundaries. “This happens because it is not possible to draw boundaries in the sea,” said GFA Vice President Veljibhai Masani.
He added that Pakistan must reciprocate the Indian gesture and release fishermen lodged in its jails. India released 11 Pakistani children, including 10 fishermen, on June 30. The children had been in custody for periods ranging from four months to two years. On April 14, Pakistan released 89 Indian fishermen as a good-will gesture; just days after India freed 39 Pakistanis.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2011.
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