More than 160 Indian fishermen, including three minors, who were released by Pakistan as a goodwill gesture over the weekend have crossed over to India.
Emotional scenes were witnessed at the border as the fishermen entered Indian territory with some of them kneeling down and kissing the ground while some of them saluted the motherland.The fishermen were released from two Pakistani jails as a goodwill gesture following an understanding between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia recently.
The fishermen, who arrived late on Monday night, were handed over to the Indian authorities at joint check post at Attari.
The fishermen crossed over to India on the basis of the ‘emergency travel certificate’ issued by the Indian high commission, officials here said.
The fishermen freed from Landhi and Malir jails in Karachi included an 11-year-old boy.After they reached here at 1am, their medical examination was conducted by a team of Indian doctors.
Earlier, the freed fishermen were brought from Karachi to Wagah border in Lahore from where they were handed over to the Indian authorities at the Attari border.