Pakistan today released 26 Indian fishermen from jail as a goodwill gesture, a day before newly-elected Parliament’s maiden meeting to start the process of handing over powers to the new government, media reports said.
The fishermen had been arrested by the authorities for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan’s territorial waters.
They were shifted to Cantt Railway Station from Karachi’s Malir jail and will be taken to Lahore, The News International reported.
The fishermen will be handed over to Indian border officials at Wagah border tomorrow, the report said.
According to Saad Edhi, an official of the Edhi foundation, the charity has paid the travel expenses for the released Indian fishermen.
Speaking to reporters at the railway station, Edhi called on the governments of Pakistan and India to relax the rules for the poor fishermen.
“They represent the poorest section of two countries. They should be freed as early as possible and there should be less restrictions on fishing,”…