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India sends home 17 Pak nationals

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Attari, April 06, 2013
First Published: 19:56 IST(6/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:59 IST(6/4/2013)

In a goodwill gesture, India released 17 Pakistan nationals, including 15 fishermen, on Saturday.

They were brought to the Attari border and handed over to Pakistan Rangers.

Out of the 15 fishermen, 14 were lodged in a jail in Kerala, while one was serving sentence in a Gujarat jail. Two civilians were brought from the Jammu jail.

Kishore Ahmad, who had crossed the border after a fight at home, said, "I moved towards the border in a fit of anger. I never knew when I crossed over. But today it feels great that I am going home."

With a naughty smile on his face, he extended a timely advice: "I would tell youngsters in Pakistan not to run towards the border after a fight at home."

Imran, a fisherman, said they had inadvertently entered the Indian waters and were nabbed by Indian coastal guards. "We want both the nations to adopt a lenient approach towards fishermen," he said.

All the fishermen have served a jail term of two-and-a-half years.

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