`Pakistan's fishermen to be freed after nationality confirmation'

In the backdrop of Pakistan releasing 163 Indian fishermen lodged in a Karachi jail, police here on Tuesday said the fishermen from the neighbouring country jailed in Gujarat's Dwarka prison will be released only after "confirmation" of their nationality by the Centre.

PTI| Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 18:19 PM IST

Vadodara: In the backdrop of Pakistan releasing 163 Indian fishermen lodged in a Karachi jail, police here on Tuesday said the fishermen from the neighbouring country jailed in Gujarat's Dwarka prison will be released only after "confirmation" of their nationality by the Centre.

At present, 25 fishermen are lodged in jail at Dwarka, District Superintendent of Police Jagdish Patel told a news agency on phone today.

"The nationality of nine fishermen out of the total of 25 fishermen has been confirmed by the government of Pakistan, while no communication regarding the nationality of remaining 16 is received till date," Patel said.

The release and repatriation of Pakistani fishermen lodged in Dwarka jail depends on the Ministry of Home Affairs receiving communication regarding confirmation of nationality from the Pakistani High Commission in India, he said.

In June, 88 Pakistani fishermen lodged in Indian jails were released by the government.

Pakistan had on Sunday released 163 Indian fishermen, including three minors, from two jails as a goodwill gesture following a recent understanding between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Both the countries regularly arrest fishermen who stray in each other's waters due to poorly marked sea boundary.

According to the latest list exchanged by the two sides, there were 355 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jails while 27 Pakistani fishermen lodged in Indian prisons.