Pakistan announces to free 51 fishermen as goodwill gesture

Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday announced that it would free 51 Indian fishermen who had completed their prison terms as a gesture of goodwill.

The decision to release the fishermen was made at a meeting attended by Interim Law Minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi, caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Zahid Qurban Alvi and senior officials of the Interior, Foreign and Law Ministries and the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.

Khoso was informed that 482 Indian prisoners are currently in Pakistani jails while 496 Pakistanis are in Indian jails.

The premier directed the Foreign Ministry to initiate dialogue with India for the release of Pakistani prisoners as well as the return of Indian prisoners.

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