on Thursday, 28 December, freed 145 Indian fishermen, held for allegedly
fishing in its territorial waters, as a goodwill gesture amidst a war of words
between Islamabad and New Delhi on the circumstances surrounding a recent
meeting between imprisoned Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and his family in
They were freed from the Malir jail and
taken amid tight security to Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, from where
they will be sent to Lahore, a police official said.
"They will be handed over to Indian
officials at Wagah border crossing on Friday, 29 December." - Police
The remaining 146 fishermen are expected
to be released and repatriated on 8 January.
Those released were also given gifts and
cash prizes by Edhi Foundation charity, which traditionally helps in the
repatriation of Indian fishermen.
Fishermen from Pakistan and India are
frequently detained for illegally fishing in each other's territorial waters,
since the Arabian Sea does not have a clearly defined marine border and the
wooden boats lack the technology to avoid drifting into the other country’s
Over the last five weeks, the Pakistan
Maritime Security personnel have arrested around 168 Indian fishermen, with the
last contingent of 28 being arrested earlier this week from the Arabian Sea.