Pakistan frees 78 Indian fishermen


Karachi, July 9 (TNS): Pakistan authorities on Sunday released 78 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters.

“The fishermen were released from Karachi’s Landhi jail,” an official of the provincial home department of Sindh, Naseem Siddiqui said.

The freed fishermen are expected to cross over into India on Monday via Wagha border crossing near Lahore.

Siddiqui said “298 Indian fishermen are still imprisoned and will be released on completion of the verification of their nationalities by India.”

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

With input from AFP