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Sunday, 06 March 2016 18:41

Pakistan releases 87 Indian fishermen

Pakistan releases 87 Indian fishermen
Pakistan has released a group of 87 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture, Pakistani officials say.

According to Pakistani officials, the Indian fishermen were freed in the southwestern port city of Karachi on Sunday.

Shakir Shah, deputy superintendent of Karachi’s Landhi prison, said those released Sunday had been in jail for more than two and half years.

The prison official added that the jailed fishermen were freed after verification of their travel documents sent by Indian authorities. He also noted that a similar number would be freed later this month.

"We have total 536 Indian fishermen in prison and today we released 87 of them while 86 more will be released on 20th of this month," Shah said.

The fishermen will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wahga border, a road border crossing between the two countries near the Pakistani eastern city of Lahore.

The journey has been arranged by Pakistan's Edhi foundation, a private charity. Edi foundation officials said the fishermen were given gifts and necessities for their journey.

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