KARACHI The release of about 100 detained Indian fishermen, scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed on the request of the Indian government. After the new development, the prisoners expressed their anger over their governments decision to hamper their release. According to details, about 100 Indian fishermen, imprisoned in Karachis Landhi Jail, were about to release, but just 30 minutes before their freedom, the Indian government requested for postponement of their release, on the plea that it had not made adequate arrangements to receive them. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday had announced the release of 100 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture. According to the Malir Jail authorities, the fishermen including nine children were brought to the prison to complete the documentation process. The jail superintendent said the arrangements were finalised to escort these fishermen to Wagah border, but at the last moment the Indian authorities informed the Pakistani officials that they were not ready to receive them. The Indian government pleaded for postponing their release, he added. The Indian fishermen were arrested around three years ago by the Maritime Security Agency (MSA) for entering Pakistani territorial waters illegally. They had been sentenced to three years in prison under Foreigners Act. It is to be noted that exchange of prisoners has been taking place between the two countries, as a goodwill gesture, on several occasions, but the process was obstructed following attacks in Mumbai over a year back. Last time, the release of 99 Indian fishermen took place only two days before the Mumbai incident. In response, the Indian government had announced the release of only five Pakistani fishermen. However, despite a lapse of more than a year, India has yet to fulfil its promise vis-a-vis release Pakistanis fishermen who have already completed their jail term in Indian prisons. In 2007, India had released 10 Pakistani fishermen while 165 were released in 2005. The families of the detained Pakistani fishermen continue to cherish hope that India would fulfil its promise with respect to releasing their beloved ones.