The 20 fishermen from Gujarat, languishing at Malir district jail in Karachi’s Landhi space for the final 5 years for allegedly fishing illegally in Pakistan’s waters, had been launched on Sunday.
They had been despatched to Lahore on their approach to the Wagah border.
The International Workplace in a press release stated, “These fishermen have been repatriated by way of Wagah Border to India.”
The launched fishermen had already accomplished their sentence, it stated.
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Given the humanitarian nature of the prisoners’ subject, Pakistan expects the federal government of India to reciprocate the gesture in the identical spirit, the assertion stated.
“The 20 Indian fishermen who had been launched from the District Jail and Correctional Facility, Malir, Sindh province on Sunday had been dropped at Lahore by a particular bus. On their arrival on Monday on the Wagah Border, every of them was supplied with meals, new garments and PKR 5,000. After immigration, they had been handed over to the Border Safety Drive (BSF),” a Rangers official informed PTI.
The Indian fishermen had been seen carrying vibrant beaded necklaces and bracelets round their necks and wrists they’d made in jail.
Most of them had been imprisoned after crossing over to Pakistani waters 4 years in the past with some additionally leaving after 5 years.
Ravendra Govind, a fisherman, informed reporters that he was glad that he’s going again to India, nevertheless, on the identical time is unhappy about abandoning a number of different Indian fishermen in jail who had additionally crossed over to Pakistan unknowingly like him.
“Please launch the opposite Indian fishermen additionally in order that they are often with their households,” he requested the Pakistan authorities.
Govind stated he would additionally ask the Indian authorities to launch the Pakistani fishermen languishing in Indian jails for years for a similar offence.
The fishermen who had been launched embrace Ranveer Maoo Jee, Babu Naran, Bhupat Bhagwan, Naran Parbat, Bhavesh Shara Bhai, Rukhad Arjun, Dana Bhupat, Ransi Bachu, Pola Sahur, Meepa Aama Bhai, Biso Naga, Parma Haresh Kumar, Paresh Bhai, Taba Bhai, Vaju Lakhman and Juseb Moosa.
Ravendra Govind, Makwaran Bhawesh Kumar, Arjun Babu and Himat Balal Babu are additionally among the many 20 fishermen launched.
Pakistan and India repeatedly arrest rival fishermen for violating the maritime boundary which is poorly marked at some factors.