Pakistan frees 89 Indian fishermen
KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday freed 89 Indian fishermen imprisoned for fishing in and violating its territorial waters, as the nuclear-armed rivals resume a fledgling peace process. The release comes two weeks after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani watched side by side as India beat Pakistan in the cricket World Cup semi-final in northwest India.
“We released 89 Indian fishermen, including seven Muslims from Malir prison, as a goodwill gesture,” prisons chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo said. “These fishermen were caught during the past 13–19 months fishing in the Pakistani territorial waters,” he said, adding, “Two buses set off for Lahore, where they will cross the Pakistan-India border on Friday (today).”