India has communicated to Pakistan their official decision to release 88 Pakistani fishermen and is now waiting for the “exit documents” from that mission, official sources said. However, Pakistan High Commission sources said they were “disappointed as India should’ve released 97 fishermen whose nationality had been verified.”
Sources said there are 17 other Pakistan fishermen whose nationality is currently being verified.
Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen lodged in a jail in Karachi as a goodwill gesture. They will be handed over at the Wagah border on Friday.
In a telephone call to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, Modi extended Ramzan wishes and said: “The fishermen released will be able to be with their families to observe this blessed month”.
Modi also noted that there was a need for “peaceful” and “friendly” bilateral ties between the countries.
It is believed that the conversation between the two leaders “lowered the temperatures” between the two countries which have been engaged in a war of words over Modi’s critical remarks on Pakistan during his recent Dhaka visit.