Pakistan on Friday launched that it will launch 360 Indian prisoners, principally fishermen, this month in 4 phases, as a “goodwill gesture” amidst tensions between the two nations after the Pulwama terror assault.
Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the tactic of releasing the Indian fishermen will start on April 8 when 100 prisoners will be launched. In the second half on April 5, one different 100 will be launched. In the third half on April 22, one different 100 will be launched and inside the fourth and remaining half on April 29, the remaining 60 prisoners will be launched.
“We are doing it as a goodwill gesture and hope that India will reciprocate it,” Faisal said whereas addressing his weekly briefing to the media in Islamabad.
The spokesperson said presently there are 347 Pakistani prisoners in India and 537 Indian prisoners in Pakistan.
“Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners, of which 355 are fishermen and 5 are civilians,” he said.
The fishermen will be taken from Karachi to Lahore and handed over to Indian officers on the Wagah border.
Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman of the Edhi welfare group, which helps the launched fishermen with clothes and meals, suggested PTI from Karachi that the tactic of releasing the fishermen will start from Sunday.
“First a group of 100 fishermen will be taken from Karachi to Lahore on Allama Iqbal Express on Sunday,” he said.
They are vulnerable to be handed over to India on Monday at Wagah. They spent months and usually years sooner than repatriated.
Pakistan and India usually arrest fishermen as there is not a transparent demarcation of the maritime border inside the Arabian Sea and these fishermen mustn’t have boats outfitted with the experience to know their actual location.
Owing to extended and gradual bureaucratic and licensed procedures, the fishermen usually keep in jail for a number of months and usually years.
Pakistan’s announcement to launch the fishermen received right here amidst escalating tensions between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.
India launched a counter-terror operation in the direction of a JeM teaching camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.