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Pakistan releases 55 Indian fishermen

(Xinhua)

09:33, August 16, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Wednesday released 55 Indian fishermen detained for illegally entering into its waters in recent months, officials said.

The fishermen were freed as a goodwill gesture from a prison in the southern port city of Karachi, a provincial minister said. Three juvenile prisoners were among the Indian prisoners.

The prisoners will be handed over to Indian officials on Thursday at Wagah border in the country's eastern city of Lahore, the only official border between India and Pakistan.

Both countries arrest fishermen after they cross each other's water as there is no water boundary determination and the issue is part of bilateral dialogue.

All freed prisoners boarded a bus in Karachi to proceed to Lahore for their formal hand-over to the Indian authorities.

Ayaz Soomro, Law Minister in southern Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, distributed gifts among the freed fishermen. He hoped that India would reciprocate and release Pakistani fishermen.
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