In a goodwill gesture, India on Wednesday released 39 Pakistani nationals and handed them over to the Pakistani Rangers at the International Border in Attari. Those released include 18 fishermen and a Pakistani Hindu family of nine.
The Pakistani nationals were brought to the Attari border from different jails across the nation and freed after proper documentation and verification at the Integrated Check Post. They crossed over to Pakistan around 2.45pm via road.
Relieved to be returning home, Sikander, a fisherman, said: “Fishing is our livelihood, and it was during our search for fish in the sea when Indian coastal guards nabbed us. We are happy to return, but also dejected over having spent over a year in jail.”
Heera Lal, A Pakistani Hindu hailing from Sindh province, who was arrested along with wife and seven children by the Border Security Force in 2015, also returned home with his family after completing the sentence.
“I had fled my village after some dispute with locals. I came towards the Indian border and was arrested. Today I am happy that I am going back,” he said.