KARACHI: Pakistani governments have released 26 Indian fishermen from District Jail Malir from Karachi as a goodwill gesture on the eve of inaugural session of the National Assembly here on Sunday.
The freed fishermen, including three Muslims, were taken to Cant. Railway Station karachi traveled to Lahore. They will be handed over to Indian border officials at Wagah border (Today) on Monday.
According to an Edhi official, the charity has paid the travel expenses the Indian fishermen from Karachi to Lahore.
While speaking to media at Karachi Cantonment railway station, grandson of Late Abdul Sattar Edhi, Saad Edhi called on the governments of Pakistan and India to relax rules for the poor fishermen. “They represent the poorest section of two countries. They should be freed as early as possible and there should be fewer restrictions on fishing,” he said.
The moves comes, a day before Pakistan’s newly-elected MNAs take oath in the National Assembly. PTI chairman Imran Khan is expected to take oath as Prime Minister on August 18.
An Indian Social activist and Journalist Jatin Desai said that” The release of 26 Indian fishermen by Pakistan Authorities is a good gesture. Two days ago India has released 14 Pakistani fishermen and today Pakistan released 26 Indian fishermen,” Mr Desai to Balochistan Express.
He said that ideally, there should not be any Indian fishermen in Pakistan’s jail and Pakistani fishermen in Indian jail’s. Both the country needs to pursue No Arrest policy for fishermen, Jatin Desai added.