Pakistan frees 18 Indian fishermen

Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) 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.

Fishermen are frequently arrested by both India and Pakistan’s maritime security for entering each other’s territorial waters.

Pakistan has so far released 199 Indian fishermen this year.

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