India Frees Eight Pakistani Fishermen

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In a goodwill gesture aimed at improving bilateral ties, Indian authorities released eight Pakistani nationals interned at different jails across the country. Seven of them were arrested for fishing in Indian waters, and one of them for illegally crossing the border and entering India.

Indian authorities released eight Pakistani fishermen on Tuesday to further goodwill and friendly bilateral ties.

These eight Pakistan nationals were interned at different jails across the country and were sent back to their homes via the Wagah Border in India's Punjab state. Officials of India's Border Security Force handed them over to Pakistani Rangers.

Seven of them were arrested for fishing in Indian waters. The eighth person was arrested from the Jammu and Kashmir region for illegally crossing the border and entering India.

[Mohammad Anwal, Pakistani Fisherman]:
"What can we say in this case? When we throw our net in the water we do not know whether it belongs to the Indian side or Pakistan's side. The water does not belong to anybody. It is for everybody. Water flows everywhere and is not stagnant. When the Navy officers catch us then we realize that we have crossed into Indian waters."

The fishermen were happy on being released and hugged each other, while looking forward to rejoining their families.

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