Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners who are mostly fishermen. The release is touted as a goodwill gesture from the behalf of Pakistan and will occur this month in 4 phases. The release will start from April 8 where 100 prisoners will be released. The second phase and third phase will see the release of 100 sets of prisoners each. The last phase will occur around April 29, where 60 prisoners will be freed.
Foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said, “We are doing it as goodwill gesture and hope that India will reciprocate it. Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners, of which 355 are fishermen and five are civilians”.
The fishermen will be handed via the Wagah border. Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman of Edhi welfare organization said, “First a group of 100 fishermen will be taken from Karachi to Lahore on Allama Iqbal Express on Sunday”.
Fishermen are usually captured by Pakistan authorities since there is no maritime demarcation between the countries in Arabian Sea.