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Pak releases last batch of Indian fishermen

By Abdul Nisar

Wagah, Sep.7 (ANI): Pakistani Rangers handed over the last batch of 141 of the 442 released Indian fishermen to the Border Security Force (BSF) officials here on Tuesday afternoon at the Wagah-Attari border. he officials from the Pakistan Rangers repatriated the fishermen at the zero line, who were later received by the BSF officials.

These fishermen had been arrested by the Pakistani maritime force for violating the maritime boundary between Pakistan-India.

These fishermen were released following the Supreme Court's orders on a petition filed by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF).

Even as most of the arrested Indian prisoners have been released but, reportedly, about 15 of them are still waiting for their release order as the Indian High Commission is yet to confirm their nationality.

The released fishermen urged the Pakistani government to free the other Indian fishermen who have been still languishing in Pakistani jails.

They also appealed to the Government of India to reciprocate the Pakistani gesture by releasing Pakistani fishermen, who were arrested by the Indian guards for inadvertently crossing into the Indian territory. By Ravinder Singh Robin(ANI)

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