Pakistan releases 151 Indian fisherman in goodwill gesture

Written by | May 28, 2014 | 0
Pakistan and India routinely arrest mostly innocent fishermen from their territorial seawater on charges of spying. But little did Indian fishermen would have thought about their sudden release from Pakistani jails.

In a major policy shift, Islamabad released 151 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture for newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi despite controversy over his alleged role of being behind the killing of thousands of Muslims in 2002. Pakistan’s good will gesture is far from releasing Indian fishermen.For the first time in the history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepted New Delhi’s invitation to attend oath taking ceremony of his counterpart in an effort to resume talks with India. The peace initiative by Pakistan is designed to bring back the pace and progress of bilateral negotiations with India to the level of 1999 when both sides were close to resolving key territorial dispute over Jammu and Kashmir. The peace process was derailed when Pakistan military started a limited war in disputed Kashmir region and within months army overthrew the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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