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KARACHI: Pakistan Friday released 100 Indian fishermen who had been jailed for three years, as a 'goodwill gesture' to India, its South Asian neighbour, officials said.

The fishermen were to be released last Wednesday but Pakistani authorities said they had been forced to delay this because New Delhi had failed to make timely travel arrangements for the detainees.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ordered authorities to hand over the fishermen on Christmas Eve as a 'gesture' to India, more than a year after ties seriously deteriorated following the Mumbai attacks.

The South Asian neighbours frequently seize each other's fishermen, accusing them of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea.

"We have released 100 Indian fishermen who were detained in our jail for the last three years," Ashraf Nizamani, superintendent of the Malir District Jail, told AFP.

"The released fishermen included 91 men and nine boys below 18 years age," Nizamani said.

Two large buses carried them from the jail in this southern port city to the eastern city of Lahore where they were expected to arrive Saturday and be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border post.

Nizamani said nearly 500 Indian fishermen were still being held in his jail.

"Originally, they are sentenced for a month or two by our courts for violating our sea border but since they are foreigners we cannot release them until we receive an official order," Nizamani said.

Authorities in Pakistan estimate that nearly 200 Pakistani fishermen are languishing in Indian jails.

In the past, the two countries have released hundreds of detained fishermen in prisoner exchanges.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect...-pakistan-releases-100-indian+fishermen-ss-04
 
Were these India fishermen poachers of Mombay Duck? :)))
 
I don't know whether it is the same story but I think about 2 days ago Indian authorities refused to take these prisoners, stating that they were not ready to receive them. After this, there was a riot and criticism of this decision by the Indian prisoners.
 
If they do the same for us....it'll be in bloody body bags!
 
well, these fishermen can be dangerous, they can sneak into a country as spies dressed up as fishermen
 
Pakistan frees 179 Indian fishermen

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Pakistan and India frequently seize each other's fishermen, accusing them of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea. — Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan freed 179 Indian fishermen on Saturday who were imprisoned for violating territorial waters, the prisons chief said.

“We have released 179 Indian fishermen and a civilian prisoner who had completed their sentences,” prisons chief for southern Sindh province Ghulam Qadir Thebo told AFP.

They were sent to Lahore by bus, where they will cross the Pakistan-India border on Sunday, he said. He added that 360 other Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, remained in jail.

Pakistan and India frequently seize each other’s fishermen, accusing them of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea.

Relations between India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947, have been plagued by border and resource disputes and accusations of Pakistani militant activity against India.

http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/07/pakistan-frees-180-indian-nationals-from-landhi-jail.html
 
I, for one, am vehemently against this obvious economic move against Bangladesh.
 
^:)):))

So how many do we think india will release (in body bags of course)?
 
what a joke, should have demanded the release of those pakistanis that have been in indian jails for years without a trial.
 
311 Indian fishermen set free from Pakistani prison

Nice gesture.


Karachi, Jun 27 (PTI) Pakistan today released 311 Indian fishermen from a prison here as a "goodwill gesture", putting them on their way to the Wagah land crossing to be reunited with their families. The fishermen, who were arrested for violating territorial waters, headed from Karachi's Landhi Jail to Lahore, and will be sent to India through a bus from the land route.

"By releasing the fishermen, Pakistan intended on maintaining friendlier ties with India. We hope India will soon release Pakistani fishermen as well," said Sindh Minister for Law and Prisons Ayaz Soomro.

According to a report in the Express Tribune, jail officials said 131 more Indian fishermen were still imprisoned at Landhi Jail. The fishermen were delighted at being able to return to back to the homes. "We cannot express in words how delighted we are. Pakistan has taken a great initiative, India should also soon release Pakistani fishermen," one of the fishermen was quoted as saying.

Earlier, it was announced that 315 Indian prisoners will be released. However, 311 prisoners were set free as imprisonment of three prisoners was not completed while one of the prisoners was not well, Dunya news said.

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfe...n-set-free-from-pakistani-prison/1017359.html
 
Pakistan releases 48 Indian fishermen

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday released 48 Indian fishermen from Malir district jail in Karachi. The Pakistan government had ordered release of the prisoners out of the 80 jailed as a goodwill gesture on the eve of Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna’s visit.

The freed fishermen also include 14 Muslims.

Inspector General Prisons Mahmood Siddiqui and representatives of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) and the Legal Aid Organisation were present at the time of the release.

The prisoners were sent off in two buses for Lahore from where they will be handed over to the Indian authorities at Wagah border on Tuesday. The buses were arranged by Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid’s Legal Aid organisation.

IG Prisons Siddiqui told the media that now only 32 Indian prisoners remain in Malir Jail and they would also be released soon.

The sister of an Indian prisoner Shaikh Habib, Rukhsana, is married and settled in Karachi since the last 35 years and was present to see off her brother.

Rukhsana said that she learnt about the arrest of her brother after two months of his detention and since then she had been visiting Malir Jail daily and used to take food and clothes for him.

The 22-year-old Sobash, who was caught along with his boat named ‘Jeewan Sagar’ said that he had spent about six months in the Malir Jail. Another fisherman, Muhammad Ibrahim Bahlem who owned a boat named ‘Nat Raj’ said that he was caught along with five other crew members.

Sultan Memon of PFF said on this occasion that 650 Indian fishermen have been released so far by Pakistan, but India has not considered releasing even 150 Pakistani fishermen.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/434257/pakistan-releases-48-indian-fishermen/
 
Thats nice :)

Sultan Memon of PFF said on this occasion that 650 Indian fishermen have been released so far by Pakistan, but India has not considered releasing even 150 Pakistani fishermen.

Thats hardly a surprise...we even release spies, and IF by the off chance a Pakistani does come across the Wagah border, its in a body bag or thrown across the border after he's lost his mental capability unable to speak (after having his tongue cut off) after YEARS of torture
 
Thats nice :)



Thats hardly a surprise...we even release spies, and IF by the off chance a Pakistani does come across the Wagah border, its in a body bag or thrown across the border after he's lost his mental capability unable to speak (after having his tongue cut off) after YEARS of torture

baseless propaganda !!!
 
well done boys, just release all the indian prisoners whilst our suffer in their jails. Well done. Laanat
 
i honestly hope we also reciprocate the same gesture and i think we have only another 120 paksitani fisherman in our jails ( google )..

i think there are no more indian fisherman in pakistan jails with this , they released 500++ fisherman in this year b4..
 
42 Indian Fishermen Held by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency

AHMEDABAD: Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) apprehended 42 Indian fishermen and their seven boats near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast today, an official of the Fishworkers Forum said today.

"Pakistani security agency MSA apprehended seven boats carrying 42 fishermen today near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian sea," National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF) secretary Manish Lodhari told PTI here.

Indian boats drifted into Pakistani waters by mistake due to strong winds caused by the severe cyclonic storm 'Nilofar' which has emearged in the Arabian Sea, Lodhari said.

Lodhari said that there is a possibility that some boats are still trapped in the stormy winds and may fall into the hands of Pakistani authorities.

Five of the boats are from Porbandar while one each are from Okha and Mangrol towns of the state, Lodhari said.

It is the third major incident of Indian boats being apprehended by the Pakistani security agency, Lodhari said.

Earlier on October 2, the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) had apprehended 55 fishermen along with their eight boats near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast, he said.

Last month, Pakistan MSA had apprehended 27 fishermen along with their five boats off the Gujarat coast, Lodhari said.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nat...Security-Agency/2014/10/27/article2496006.ece
 
What is the point of capturing innocent fishermen? I say that just let them fish in the waters controlled by Pakistan. We hardly eat fish anyway so no loss.
 
This happens every year with both countries.

Hold them for a couple of days and the nrelease them as a 'peace' gesture
 
This happens every year with both countries.

Hold them for a couple of days and the nrelease them as a 'peace' gesture
Yeah, what a useless drama and waste of energy. If the purpose was really so called "peace gesture" then they would have never been kept in Jail.
 
i don't have any objection. rich or poor, rules should be rules.

pak is doing it, india will do it too.
 
i don't have any objection. rich or poor, rules should be rules.

pak is doing it, india will do it too.

both countries are doing it from decades these fishermen are released after a few weeks or a couple of months every year.
 
What is the point of capturing innocent fishermen? I say that just let them fish in the waters controlled by Pakistan. We hardly eat fish anyway so no loss.

7 boats full of fish, if those are all confiscated who wouldn't eat free fish? Maritime guards will be feasting on fish biryani for the next 2 months and sell the rest wholesale to the local restaurants.
 
So Indians come with a gift of 7 boats of fish and they get arrested? Barhe dil :afridi
 
Pakistan releases 183 Indian fishermen

KARACHI: Pakistan released o Sunday 138 Indian fishermen from Landhi jail in Karachi as a goodwill gesture, Radio Pakistan reported.



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File photo of Indian fishermen being held in jail in Karachi. PHOTO: INP​



According to reports, the released fishermen will reach Lahore via Allama Iqbal Express train where they will be handed over to the Indian officials at the Wagah border.

The Indian fishermen have been released by the government in pursuance of Ufa talks and as a goodwill gesture to the people and the government of India, reports added.

After a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Ufa in early July, the two leaders issued a joint statement that outlined a number of steps the two countries intended to take to improve their relationship, including the release of fishermen in each other’s custody along with their boats within 15 days.

On Friday, an Indian press agency quoting a source at the Pakistan High Commission in India had claimed that Pakistan would release 164 Indian fishermen on August 3.

In June this year, at least one hundred and thirteen Indian fishermen had been released after a similar gesture by New Delhi was announced to mark the start of the holy month of Ramazan. The fishermen, who had been kept in a Karachi jail for nine months to a year, were put on a train bound for Lahore from where they will cross back to their home country.

Indian government replicated this act and released 88 Pakistani fishermen few days later.

The release of Indian fishermen had followed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone call to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, offering Ramazan wishes and announcing the release of detained fishermen in an apparent ice-breaking move after recent provocative comments heightened bilateral tensions.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/930883/pakistan-releases-183-indian-fishermen/
 
pakistan pushes for peace. Indians (mainly hindu hardliners) always push for war.
 
Good that the fisherman can go back to their lives.

The whole of Pakistan should be awarded the Nobel Peace prize for this wonderful peaceful gesture. Peace prevails in South Asia now.


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How many fishermen in Indian jails and how many in Pakistani jails? Always hear about fishermen being released just like pigeons are released as a sign of peace.
 
How many fishermen in Indian jails and how many in Pakistani jails? Always hear about fishermen being released just like pigeons are released as a sign of peace.

According to the latest list (prior to this release). There were 355 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails and 27 Pakistani fishermen in Indian jails.
 
Pakistan frees 18 Indian fishermen

Islamabad, June 5: At least 18 Indian fishermen were freed on Sunday by Pakistan as a goodwill gesture, an official source here said. The fishermen would arrive in Lahore on Monday from Landhi jail in the port city of Karachi, the source said.

“The fishermen will be taken to Wagah border by a special bus from Lahore railway station,” it said. Another official said India must reciprocate the gesture and release the Pakistani fishermen lodged in Indian jails.

http://www.india.com/news/world/pakistan-frees-18-indian-fishermen-1238825/
 
Looks like we capture few dozen fisherman every few months just so we can release them later on and brag about having big hearts. There is No point wasting nation's limited resources.
 
Wonder how many fishermen the SL Navy captured......... for "illegal fishing".
 
Looks like we capture few dozen fisherman every few months just so we can release them later on and brag about having big hearts. There is No point wasting nation's limited resources.

Pakistan or India don't go into each other's territory to capture these fishermen. They knowingly or unknowingly enter the other nation's waters and are then captured.

What do you want us to do? Invite them for nihari and paye for fishing in our waters?
 
Just like pigeons are kept in captivity to be released during sporting events, india and pakistan keep fishermen to release to show goodwill.
 
Lol they just arrested 4 yesterday.

Obviously that doesn't end up in news. Because it is not those evil Pakistanis that speak poor Tamil but better than most Tamil actress and challenge Visaykanth......Annggggggggg. Poor Visaykanth, couldn't even get deposit.
 
Fishermen carrying coffin in Karachi condemn Indian govt’s ‘heartlessness’

KARACHI: For the families of poor fishermen who are picked up at sea for violating the territorial waters of another country, the wait for the return of their breadwinners is agony itself. Imagine then the pain of a family when they get back a coffin.

On Thursday, the family of 35-year-old fisherman Abdul Karim Bhatti bid a tearful goodbye to him here in Karachi, two days after his remains were handed over to Pakistan by India through Wagah border in Lahore.

There was a huge protest at the Native Jetty Bridge by the fisherfolk community ahead of Bhatti’s final journey from his home in Bhit Island to the Mawach Goth graveyard, where he was buried.

Bhatti’s body, in a casket wrapped in a black sheet, was covered with two small Pakistan flags as the fisherfolk chanted slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India. Two effigies of Modi were also set on fire.

“Modi murdabad [death to Modi]! Modi, the murderer of the poor and defenceless! Modi, the face of Indian terrorism! Hope you drown, Modi! Hitler Modi! Killer Modi! Murderer Modi!” They were chanting these slogans and carrying banners and placards on which was written ‘Muslim lives matter’, ‘We demand equal treatment of fishermen in both countries’, etc.

“Pakistan also has Indian fishermen in our jails, arrested for the same violation of unknowingly crossing over to Pakistani waters. But we understand that there is no line in the sea to tell these poor fishermen in their small boats that are devoid of sophisticated gadgetry to indicate their exact bearings or location,” said Fishermen’s Cooperative Society (FCS) chairman Hafiz Abdul Berr.

“There are 119 Pakistani fishermen languishing in India’s jails since as far [back] as 1999 but even after 21 years behind bars, nothing is being done to send them back home while they take regular beatings and are made to do menial work. When we release Indian fishermen from our jails, like we did recently, sending back to India some 500 of their fishermen, we send them home as a gesture of goodwill with sweets, ajrak and gifts for their families. We are peaceful people after all and we know that these folks are not criminals and should not be treated as such. But in stark contrast, our fishermen in Indian jails are tortured and if they are lucky enough to return alive from there, they come back as cripples or they have lost their mental balance,” said Mr Berr.

He added that the fishing boat in which the late fisherman had been picked up was a very small one carrying only five fishermen. “And they were caught by India for allegedly violating their waters back in January. Then one month ago, we received news about the death of one of the five fishermen, young Bhatti. They should have returned his body to Pakistan then but they were dilly dallying. Bhatti’s family members would go to the Wagah border again and again, only to return empty handed. Don’t the Indian authorities have a heart?” he said.

“While Pakistan returns Indian fishermen in large numbers as gestures of goodwill, we get back our fishermen in boxes. Recently, we have received three, their mutilated bodies tell stories of terrible torture,” he said.

“It is a sad reality that some of our fishermen, who are arrested at sea with their small fishing boats and trawlers, are not charged with mistakenly crossing over to India. Instead, they are charged with drug smuggling,” he said.

Diverting attention of the people at the protest to Bhatti’s aged father and brother standing quietly with his coffin, he asked if they looked like drug smugglers in any way, making the crowd scream more and chant more slogans against the Indian government.

“Bhatti’s only fault was that he was a Muslim, and that he belonged to Pakistan,” he said.

“These poor fishermen only know one thing, to head for the sea early in the morning to earn their livelihood and return by night with fresh catch,” he said.

“Our hearts are on fire. There is no mention of our poor fishermen in our assemblies. We also urge our respected leaders, our prime minister and our foreign minister to please take up their issues. We urge the international community, human rights activists, the UN agencies for human rights to take notice of the gross violations of human rights against our country’s poor fishermen happening in India.

“Today, with this protest, we declare a campaign against India. We will go to Islamabad and hold sit-ins outside the Indian High Commission and the offices of the United Nations. We will show Modi’s real face to the world. And we will carry on with our campaign until the world gets to know about our plight,” he said.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1572010/f...in-karachi-condemn-indian-govts-heartlessness
 
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