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Pakistan releases second batch of 100 Indian fishermen

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Reuters Pakistan Apr 15, 2019, 01.22 PM (IST)

Pakistan on April 14, released 100 Indian prisoners, all of them fishermen, from the jails in Karachi and sent them to Lahore where they will be handed over to Indian authorities at Wagah border, the only land route between the neighbours.

The second batch of the prisoners is being released a week after Pakistan set free one hundred fishermen on April 7.

Pakistan said that it would release 360 Indian prisoners in its jails in four batches as a goodwill gesture after the nuclear-armed neighbours scale back from a confrontation that prompted world powers to urge restraint.

Tension has been running high since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb. 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Feb. 27, when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.

The fishermen were arrested on the charges of trespassing into Pakistan's waters. Due to the rocky relations between the two sides, prisoners who have completed their jail terms often languish in each other's jails for months, if not years, afterwards.

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Through the only land route between India and Pakistan, Pakistan released the second batch of 100 Indian prisoners.