Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have
informed the Supreme Court that cases registered against 127
Indian fishermen have been disposed of by the Sindh High
Court, paving the way for their release.
A member of an inspection team of the Sindh High Court
told the apex court yesterday that 13 separate cases
registered against the Indian fishermen had been disposed of
on the directions of a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief
Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
The apex court had recently ordered the High Court to
expeditiously decide the cases against the Indian fishermen on
The order was issued in response to a constitutional
petition filed in the apex court by the Pakistan Fisherfolk
Forum and the Indian fishermen.
The petitioners challenged the arrest and continuing
detention of the Indian fishermen.
India and Pakistan arrest scores of fishermen every
year for violating each other`s maritime boundaries.
Many of the fishermen languish in jail for years even
after completing prison terms given to them by courts.
Pakistan recently repatriated 12 Indian prisoners,
including 11 fishermen, who had been held in a jail in Karachi
for nearly three years even after completing their prison
Another 442 Indian fishermen were freed last year
after two Pakistani NGOs petitioned the Supreme Court for