KARACHI - The government in a goodwill gesture has released 86 more Indian fishermen who were arrested for violating the territorial waters of Pakistan.

The 86 fishermen freed from the District Malir Jail in Karachi. They will travel to Lahore by train and would be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border today (Monday).

Superintendent of Karachi’s Malir Prison Raja Mumtaz said that now we have 397 more Indian fishermen imprisoned at jail.

The Edhi Foundation arranged for their journey to Lahore and also bid them farewell with gifts and cash. It is the second time this month when Pakistan in a goodwill gesture released the Indian fishermen imprisoned at Malir prison.

Most of the Indian fishermen imprisoned are under trial prisoners, explained Mumtaz. Some of them have to complete their punishment period.

On March 6, Pakistan released 86 fishermen and a civilian prisoner, he added.

Pakistani and Indian fishermen are frequently detained for illegal fishing since the Arabian Sea border is not clearly defined and many boats lack the technology to fix their precise location.

The fishermen often languish in jail, even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two arch-rivals slows up bureaucratic requirements for release.