Pakistan to release another 86 Indian fishermen on March 21
Pakistan will release 86 Indian fishermen languishing in a Karachi prison on March 21, a Gujarat government official said on Sunday.
These fishermen had been apprehended by the Pakistan Marine Security Agency (PMSA) for allegedly violating International Maritime Boundary Line between the two countries and had been languishing in Karachi’s Landhi jail for around a year. Pakistan had earlier announced that it would release 86 fishermen in addition to 87 others, who were released on March 7.
“Another group of 86 Indian fishermen jailed in Karachi’s Landhi jail will be released on March 21,” Assistant Superintendent, Gujarat Fisheries Department in Veraval, Vimal Pandya said.
“The fishermen to be released on March 21 had been arrested by the PMSA around a year back after their boats drifted into Pakistan waters crossing the maritime border between India and Pakistan in the Arabian Sea,” he said. These fishermen would reach the Wagah border on March 22, but would take another couple of days to reach their homes in Gujarat, Pandya said.
Meanwhile, National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) secretary Manish Lodhari said they have received a list of 18 fishermen, who have been languishing in Pakistan jail for around three years. The jailed fishermen sought their release through a letter that they sent with the recently-released fishermen.