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Pakistan: 20 Indian fishermen released from Pakistan jail after four years in prison


Karachi: 20 Indian fishermen were on Sunday released from Pakistan’s Landhi district jail after completing their four-year sentence for allegedly fishing illegally in Pakistani waters. The released fishermen will be brought to the Wagah border on Monday to be handed over to the Indian authorities.

Most of the fishermen from Gujarat

A senior jail official gave this information. Landhi Jail Superintendent Irshad Shah said they were released as a goodwill gesture after Indian authorities confirmed the nationality of the fishermen. Most of the fishermen released are from Gujarat.

Fishermen spent four years in jail

Irshad Shah said, “These fishermen had spent four years in jail and as a goodwill gesture by our government, they have been released today.” The non-profit social welfare organization Edhi Trust Foundation arranged for the fishermen to be taken to the Wagah border in Lahore, from where they would be handed over to the Indian authorities on Monday.

Fishermen handed over to Edhi Foundation

Irshad Shah said, “We have handed over the released fishermen to the Edhi Foundation which is taking care of all their travel and other expenses. They will go to Lahore by Allama Iqbal Express train.” The official said that 588 Indian nationals are still lodged in the Landhi jail, most of whom are fishermen.

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