ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Friday released 40 Indian prisoners (five civil prisoners and 35 fishermen) who will be repatriated to India through Wagah on Saturday (today).

This will bring the total number of Indian prisoners released during this year to 191, which includes six civil prisoners and 185 fishermen.

On May 26, as a goodwill gesture, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed that 151 Indian prisoners be released.

Pakistan has always held that the issue of prisoners between the two countries is a humanitarian one and should be taken in that spirit.

Indian prisoners were released from Malir District Jail in Karachi with each prisoner given shoes, cloths, edibles, other gifts besides Rs 10,000 cash from Edhi Foundation.

The prisoners were later transported to Wagah border in Lahore to be handed over to Indian authorities today.

The release is being seen as a goodwill gesture by Islamabad amid recent border tensions between Pakistan and India. Heads of both the neighbouring countries briefly met at 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Nepal.

Pakistan hopes the Government of India will reciprocate the gesture.


Zafar Malik from Sialkot adds: The Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) continued unprovoked firing on bordering villages in Charwah Sector of Sialkot Working Boundary intermittently the whole of the last night (night between Thursday and Friday).

According to senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, Indian BSF targeted the civilian population and fired several heavy mortar shells. The Chenab Rangers responded in a befitting manner, making the Indian guns silent.

On the other hand, wheat sowing remained suspended in most of the bordering villages due to Indian firing.

No loss of life or injury was reported, the rangers officials confirmed.

DLO POSTING: The post of District Labour Officer has been lying vacant for the last five consecutive months here due to which all the related departmental matters have been affected, especially the problems of the local labourers, industrial workers and industrial units have been lingering on.

Local labour unions have expressed grave concern over the situation and have urged the Punjab government to ensure early posting of Labour officer.