Pakistan repatriates 144 fishermen
Amritsar: As per the already announced schedule to repatriate 291 Indian fishermen, Pakistan today repatriated 144 of them in the first batch from the Attari-Wagah joint check post. The release of a fisherman was put on hold at the last hour due to some problem of documents. He may be the part of the next group of fishermen to be released on January 8.
The repatriation came in the backdrop of the ongoing war of words between both countries over the treatment meted out to family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav when they recently went to meet him in Islamabad.
The Pakistan authorities commenced the process of repatriation late on Friday evening. Deputy Superintendent, Rangers, Faizal handed over the fishermen to BSF’s Assistant Commandant Anil Kumar. Subsequently, the BSF handed over all fishermen to the district administration, which was led by Executive Magistrate Karan Pal Singh.
After languishing for nearly nine months in the prisons of Pakistan for inadvertently crossing into the Pakistani territorial waters in Arabian Sea, the fisher folks took a sigh of relief after returning to their country. All of them are residents of Gujarat and they were held by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency in March this year.