86 Indian fishermen, one civilian repatriated by Pakistan

The fishermen had been languishing in prison for over last two and half years.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016, 20:53 PM IST
86 Indian fishermen, one civilian repatriated by Pakistan
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Attari: Pakistan on Tuesday repatriated eighty-six Indian fishermen and one man from Jammu and Kashmir.

All the prisoners crossed over to India through the land transit route of Attari Wagah border on the basis of Emergency Travel Certificate issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, officials said here.

The moment the group of the fishermen, mostly from Gujarat and neighbouring states, crossed over to India, they kissed Indian soil.

After the repatriation, the medical examination of all prisoners was conducted by the team of Indian doctors, they said.

All the Indian nationals were freed from the Landhi Jail in Karachi earlier.

The fishermen had strayed into Pakistan while fishing in the Arabian Sea and were held captive by the Pakistani coast guards for "illegal" fishing.

The fishermen said it was difficult to differentiate the territorial waters and they slipped into Pakistani territory.

The fishermen had been languishing in prison for over last two and half years. Reports suggested that around 500 Indians, mostly fishermen arrested allegedly for territorial violation.