Pakistani court orders to set free 350 detained Indian fishermen
The repatriation order was issued as a show of the Court's leniency after the fishermen pleaded guilty to the charges they were informed of.
It further directed jail authorities to make repatriation arrangements in consultation with concerned departments.
Indo-Pak relations: Pakistan repatriates arrested Indian fishermen
What has happened till now?
Cases against the fishermen had been filed at the Docks police station. The fishermen were detained after Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency confiscated around 60 boats found illegally fishing on Pakistani waters, in a series of steps taken between January 27 and May 4, 2017.
What went down?
The repatriation order was made after Judicial Magistrate Salman Amjad Siddiqui visited the prison in Malir, where the Indian fishermen were being housed, in order to indict them.
The order recognized the time period of eight months spent in Pakistani prisons by these fishermen as sufficient punishment.
The Magistrate also ordered Pakistan's interior ministry to release the fishermen at the earliest.
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Why is this significant?
Obtaining release of prisoners from both ends is termed difficult due to bilateral relations governed by mistrust.
The current release stands out as a goodwill gesture, when bilateral relations stand marred by escalating tensions in recent times.
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