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Pakistan to Release 371 Indian Fishermen


Pakistan says it will release 371 Indian fishermen held since last year for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters.

Pakistani authorities say the move is part of an ongoing peace process with New Delhi. They say that on Saturday, the fishermen will travel by train from Karachi to Lahore and a day later will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border crossing. Officials say that in the future, Indian fishermen arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani parts of the Arabian sea will be released speedily, but their boats will be impounded.

In March, Pakistan freed more than 500 Indian fishermen in a goodwill gesture ordered by President Pervez Musharraf. More than 100 Pakistani fishermen remain behind bars in India on charges of illegal fishing.

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