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Pak frees Indian fishermen in goodwill gesture

Forty-eight Indian fishermen, including 10 teenagers, were today freed from a jail in the Pakistani port city of Karachi as a goodwill gesture and sent to the Wagah land border to be repatriated to India.

The release followed President Asif Ali Zardari’s announcement on Saturday that all Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails, including those who are yet to complete their prison terms, would be freed.

Zardari made the announcement during External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s visit to Pakistan.

Senior police officials, representatives of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum and civil society groups greeted the fishermen as they emerged from Malir Jail of Karachi this morning.

After being presented gifts, the fishermen were sent in buses to Lahore. They will cross over to India via the Wagah border tomorrow.
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