India repatriates 88 Pakistani fishermen
In a goodwill gesture, India on Sunday repatriated 88 Pakistani fishermen from the <g data-gr-id="20">Attari</g>/Wagah border here. The fishermen had passed into Indian waters in Arabian Sea and were held by the Indian coast guards for illegal fishing.
They crossed over to Pakistan through the land transit route of <g data-gr-id="17">Attari</g>/Wagah border on the basis of ‘Emergency Travel Certificate’ issued by the <g data-gr-id="18">Delhi based</g> Pakistan High Commission.
On Thursday, India had announced that it would release 88 Pakistani fishermen over the weekend in a “goodwill” gesture after Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed the decision to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif earlier this week.
The Centre was awaiting for the “exit documents” from Pakistani High Commission, official sources said.
In a telephonic call to Sharif on Tuesday, Modi extended Ramzan wishes and conveyed to him his
decision to release detained Pakistani fishermen on this pious occasion.
“The fishermen released will be able to be with their families to observe this blessed month,” Modi had said while conveying his decision to Sharif. Modi had also noted that there was a need for having “peaceful” and “friendly” bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.