Pakistan releases 220 Indian fishermen on Christmas
�Of the 518 Indian fishermen in Pakistani prison, 220 are being released today as a goodwill gesture of the Pakistan government,� said Shunali Shah, assistant superintendent of police of Karachi�s District Jail Malir.
Pakistani authorities on Sunday released 220 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture on Christmas, The Hindu reported.
“Of the 518 Indian fishermen in Pakistani prison, 220 are being released today as a goodwill gesture of the Pakistan government,” said Shunali Shah, assistant superintendent of police of Karachi’s District Jail Malir. Shah said the first batch of fishermen left Karachi Central Jail Sunday and another 219 will be released next week.
The men were arrested more than a year ago, accused of entering Pakistani waters in an area of the Arabian Sea where the border is unclear. India is also holding Pakistani fishermen for the same reason and Pakistan hopes its gesture - on the birthday of the nation's father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which coincides with Christmas Day - will be reciprocated.
The fishermen’s release comes amid souring relations between India and Pakistan since a militant attack on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri district and the surgical strikes the Indian Army conducted along the LoC following the attack.