KARACHI: The government of Pakistan on Sunday released 151 Indian fishermen from Karachi and Hyderabad prisons as a goodwill gesture on the eve of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India.
Sharif would attend the swearing-in ceremony of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime minister-designated Narendra Modi on Monday.
An official of Malir Jail Karachi said that the prison authorities had received orders from Islamabad to release 59 fishermen as a goodwill gesture. Authorities also released 92 more Indian fishermen from Nara jail in district Hyderabad on similar orders.
Sources said that 151 Indian fishermen prisoners have been sent to Lahore by air-conditioned buses, where Pakistan authorities would hand them over to Indian officials at Wagah border on Monday.