India releases 9 Pakistani prisoners, including 5 fishermen

Published: July 4, 2014
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Of the nine prisoners, two had been in India's custody for eight years. PHOTO: FILE

Of the nine prisoners, two had been in India's custody for eight years. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: India released nine Pakistani prisoners including five fishermen on Friday, Express News reported.

The fishermen had entered India’s territorial waters by mistake seven to eight months ago. They were kept in custody since then.

Of the nine prisoners, two had been in custody for eight years while two others were in India since the last six to seven years.

Two of the prisoners reportedly traveled to India on visa and were arrested when their visas expired.

The prisoners were handed over to Rangers, who gave them flowers upon their arrival in Pakistan. They will be sent to their homes after a short investigation.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • non muslim
    Jul 4, 2014 - 2:30PM

    This is most unfortunate.

    Poor hardworking fishermen from any country should not be held unreasonably long.

    India must establish protocol with all neighboring countries to release accidental tresspassers to inquire and release as quickly as possible.

    Ordinary people should not suffer from this nonsense.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Jul 4, 2014 - 4:32PM

    “two had been in custody for eight years while two others were in India since the last six to seven years.”

    “Two of the prisoners reportedly traveled to India on visa and were arrested when their visas expired.”

    Any country would have deported overstaying persons instead of putting them in jails for as long as 8 years. Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Jul 4, 2014 - 5:54PM

    I might see arresting the captain .. but the other fisherman have zero control over where their boat fishes and they should have been released immediately. Best deterant for illegal fishing is confiscation of the boat.

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