18 Indian fishermen released from Karachi jail arrive in Lahore

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LAHORE (Web Desk) – Around eighteen Indian fishermen who have been released from Karachi jail as a goodwill gesture have arrived in Lahore today (Monday)

They were held for violating the territorial waters of the country.

The fishermen freed from Malir jail in Karachi travelled to Lahore by train where they will be handed over to Indian forces at Wagah border.

Both Indian and Pakistani fishermen are often arrested for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.

Recently, Pakistan released more than 300 Indian fishermen who had completed their term while over 400 others are currently in Karachi prisons.

Both countries also use the release of fishermen to express goodwill from time to time.

The fishermen often languish in jail even after serving their term, as poor diplomatic ties between the two arch-rivals mean fulfilling official requirements can take a long time

2016-06-06

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