Modi's Call Gets Pakistan to Release 113 Indian Fishermen
Karachi: Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen lodged in a jail in Karachi in a goodwill gesture, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to greet him on the holy month of Ramzan amid a war of words between the two countries.
"We have got orders from Islamabad that the fishermen have been released from Malir jail as a goodwill gesture on the occasion of the holy month of Ramzan starting tomorrow," deputy jail superintendent Muhammad Hussain Sehto told media.
The 113 Indian fishermen will travel to Lahore by Karakoram Express and will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border tomorrow.
On their release, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) and jail authorities presented the traditional gift of Ajrak (blockprinted shawls) to the fishermen.
The Indian fishermen were released after Modi on 16 June called up Sharif to wish him on the occasion of Ramzan and stressed the need for having "peaceful" and "friendly" bilateral ties.
In his telephonic conversation, Modi also conveyed to Sharif India's decision to release detained Pakistani fishermen on the occasion of Ramzan, a move seen as a bid to lower tensions between the two countries.
Also conveyed to PM Sharif our decision to release detained Pakistani fishermen on this pious occasion.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 16, 2015
The fishermen released will be able to be with their families to observe this blessed month.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 16, 2015
Pakistan and India have been involved in a war of words recently with leaders from both sides exchanging sharp comments after Modi's critical remarks about Pakistan during his Dhaka visit and in the wake of India's military action in Myanmar.
India and Pakistan regularly arrest fishermen who venture into unmarked territorial waters of the two countries.
Last February, around 172 Indian fishermen were released from Malir jail.
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