Pak frees remaining Indian fishermen in its jails

Last Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 19:43

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday released all remaining 80-odd Indian fishermen in its jails as a goodwill gesture for External Affairs Minister S M Krishna`s visit here.

"All Indian fishermen have been released -- those who have completed their jail terms and those who are still serving," Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said at a joint press conference with her visiting Indian counterpart S M Krishna.

Krishna thanked the Pakistan government for the "wonderful gesture" of releasing all Indian fishermen.

"I hope their boats and trawlers are also released," he said.

Earlier in the day, the announcement in this regard was made by Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik after signing the new liberalised visa agreement with Krishna.

Last month also, Pakistan had freed 55 Indian fishermen from the Malir jail in Karachi as a "goodwill gesture" on the occasion of India`s Independence Day.

Malir jail superintendent Nazeer Hussain Shah had then said that there were around 70 to 80 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails.

On the visa agreement, Malik said it was signed as a "gesture of friendship".

"We have liberalised most of the things. It`s a very significant move," he said.

PTI




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