Pakistan government releases 30 Indian prisoners

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New Delhi, Aug 13 : Pakistan government has released 30 Indian prisoners, including 27 fishermen  from Karachi’s Malir jail as a goodwill gesture ahead of country’s Independence day celebrations on Tuesday.

The release of the prisoners “is a humanitarian gesture to mark Pakistan’s Independence day on 14 August and  is in line with Pakistan’s consistent policy of not politicizing humanitarian issues,” Foreign office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said.

They had been arrested for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan’s territorial waters.

The Indian prisoners said that upon reaching India, they will request the Indian authorities to release Pakistani prisoners in reciprocation.

Over 470 Indians, including 418 fishermen, are detained in Pakistani jails , according  to a government report submitted before the Supreme Court in July .

Pakistan and India frequently arrest fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime border in the Arabian Sea and these fishermen do not have boats equipped with the technology to know their precise location.

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