India releases 85 Pakistani prisoners

New Delhi In a goodwill gesture on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, India has announced the release of 85 Pakistani prisoners, most of them fishermen lodged in various jails in the country.

"On September 9, orders have been issued releasing 58 fishermen lodged in Gujarat jails, subject to issue of travel documents by Pakistan authorities," a statement released by the Union Home Ministry said.

Apart from them, seven each prisoners from Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir respectively, one from Rajasthan and two from Delhi are also being released. Three other prisoners lodged in Gujarat jails would also be repatriated.

Pakistan government has intimated a list of 43 fishermen.

"However, only seven of them could be cleared for release at the moment. Release order in respect of these seven persons has been issued.
Story First Published: September 10, 2010 20:00 IST

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