40 Indian prisoners released by Pakistan repatriated

40 Indian prisoners including 35 fishermen were on Sunday repatriated by Pakistan government through Attari-Wagah land route.

They were released from Pakistan jail on Friday, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif warmly shook hands and exchanged pleasantries at the 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal.

They crossed over to India on the basis of ‘Emergency Travel Certificate’ issued by the Islamabad based Indian high Commission, officials said here.

They crossed over to Indian territory through the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border.

Among the prisoners, 35 fishermen inadvertently went into Pakistani waters through Arabian Sea while fishing and later they were held by the Pakistani coast guards for illegal fishing.

Immediately after the repatriation, medical examination of all prisoners was conducted by the team of Indian doctors.

The five Indians were arrested in Pakistan as their travel documents were not complete.

India and Pakistan regularly arrest fishermen who venture into unmarked territorial waters of the two countries.