Amritsar: Pakistan has released 200 Indian fishermen, who were handed over to BSF authorities at the Joint Check Post at the Attari-Wagah border, an official said on Saturday.
All the fishermen crossed over to India around 1 am through the land transit route of the Attari-Wagah border using ‘Emergency Travel Certificate’ issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, the official said. The fishermen were held after their boats allegedly slipped into Pakistan through territorial waters in the Arabian sea.
According to the official, the fishermen’s medical examination was carried out by a team of Indian doctors following their repatriation.
According to the official, the fishermen bowed and kissed the land the moment they set foot on Indian soil.
According to officials, fishermen are frequently arrested and their boats seized by both India and Pakistan because the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined and many fishing boats lack the technology to determine their precise locations.