Pakistan releases 48 Indian fishermen

Published: September 10, 2012
IG Prisons Siddiqui told the media that now only 32 Indian prisoners remain in Malir Jail. PHOTO: REUTERS

IG Prisons Siddiqui told the media that now only 32 Indian prisoners remain in Malir Jail. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday released 48 Indian fishermen from Malir district jail in Karachi. The Pakistan government had ordered release of the prisoners out of the 80 jailed as a goodwill gesture on the eve of Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna’s visit.

The freed fishermen also include 14 Muslims.

Inspector General Prisons Mahmood Siddiqui and representatives of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) and the Legal Aid Organisation were present at the time of the release.

The prisoners were sent off in two buses for Lahore from where they will be handed over to the Indian authorities at Wagah border on Tuesday. The buses were arranged by Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid’s Legal Aid organisation.

IG Prisons Siddiqui told the media that now only 32 Indian prisoners remain in Malir Jail and they would also be released soon.

The sister of an Indian prisoner Shaikh Habib, Rukhsana, is married and settled in Karachi since the last 35 years and was present to see off her brother.

Rukhsana said that she learnt about the arrest of her brother after two months of his detention and since then she had been visiting Malir Jail daily and used to take food and clothes for him.

The 22-year-old Sobash, who was caught along with his boat named ‘Jeewan Sagar’ said that he had spent about six months in the Malir Jail. Another fisherman, Muhammad Ibrahim Bahlem who owned a boat named ‘Nat Raj’ said that he was caught along with five other crew members.

Sultan Memon of PFF said on this occasion that 650 Indian fishermen have been released so far by Pakistan, but India has not considered releasing even 150 Pakistani fishermen.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • casim
    Sep 10, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Goodwill gesture from our side :) Love for India & Indian people :)


  • Raw is War
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:22PM

    Pl keep the muslims and send back the rest.


  • Colin
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:41PM

    The freed fishermen also include 14 Muslims.

    why mention the religion of the released fishermen ?


  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:54PM

    This is a noble gesture indeed. What is the point in keeping these poor fishermen. They only want to provide for their families.


  • dude108
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:04PM

    thank you from India.


  • Limbo
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:12PM

    We expect the same from other side!


  • vasan
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:23PM

    casim : I appreciate and thank you for your govt’s gesture and your message.


  • sid
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Thanks Pakistan…….civilians should be kept out of conflict…………Recommend

  • J T
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:48PM

    @Raw is War:
    India is for everyone, and not just for people from certain religions. It’s not a religious state.


  • casim
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:49PM

    @Sir King Kong Bunty: ever heard of trespassing law ? there are many Pakistanis in Indian jails too, talk about them too :)


  • casim
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:51PM

    @Raw is War:
    so this is how Hindus like you give love to Muslims in India & Pakistan ? more hatred please! and we’ll give more love in return :)


  • Bharat
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Very positive move !

    I am very happy that Pakistan have genuinely changed their attitude towards India recently


  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 10, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Zardari regime is taking some phenomenal steps.


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