In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan on Saturday released 45 Indian fishermen through the Attari border route.
Three juveniles were among those released, who all belong to Gujarat.
Feeling visibly relieved, the fishermen who were lodged in Karachi's Landi jail demanded that both countries must take a lenient view of fishermen out in the seas to catch fish in international waters. They said that they were demanding since long that both countries ensured some sort of demarcation in their territorial jurisdiction in sea but nothing had been done. Fishermen of both countries had thus to pay a price.
"We had just gone to sea to eke out a living and entered Pakistani waters when we were caught. It was a mistake and we paid for it by undergoing jail," said Aresh Kumar.
All released fishermen were taken to the local Red Cross office from where officials of Gujarat Fishery Board would take them back to their home state.
Fishermen write to PM
The released fishermen also showed a letter from 400 Indian fishermen lodged in Pakistani jails. The letter addressed to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh demanded that the Indian government make efforts for their release. Those set free on Saturday demanded that the Centre take up the issue seriously with Pakistan.