Pakistan releases 30 Indian prisoners as goodwill gesture

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday released as many as 30 Indian prisoners including 27 fishermen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the country’s Independence Day on Tuesday.

The release of the prisoners “is in line with Pakistan’s consistent policy of not politicising humanitarian issues,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.

“This is a humanitarian gesture to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14,” he said.

The fishermen had been arrested for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan’s territorial waters.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime border in the Arabian Sea and these fishermen do not have boats equipped with the technology to know their precise location.


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