KARACHI As many as 100 Indian fishermen, including two minors were released Monday from the District Jail Malir, Karachi on Monday morning. They would be handed over to the Indian authorities via Wagha Border. It is the first batch of Indian fishermen in jails across Sindh province that is being repatriated to India as per the ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, given on the petition filed Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) and Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) on behalf of the civil society organisations of Pakistan to ensure release of Indian fishermen. Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid, a member of Judicial Committee from Pakistan side, Syed Iqbal Haider Advocate, Chairperson of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum Mohammed Ali Shah, Piler Joint Director Zulfiqar Shah, Sharafat Ali, BM Kutti, Shujauddin Qureshi, Majeed Motani, Sami Memon received the released fishermen. The PFF chairperson distributed gifts among the released fishermen. The Indian inmates, who despite having completed their sentences for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters near the Sir Creek have been languishing in jails, would be released in four batches. Another group of 100 fishermen will be released from the Malir prison on September 2. They would cross the Wahga border on the following day. Likewise, the third batch of 101 prisoners would be released on September 4, whereas the last batch of 141 prisoners would be discharged on September 6. According to Iqbal Haider, there are 456 Indian fishermen in Pakistan jails but the government has ordered release of 442 fishermen. On the other hand, 155 Pakistani fishermen have been languishing in Indian jails. PFF has claimed that the number of Pakistani fishermen detained in India could be more than 200. After release of Indian fishermen, the relatives of detained Pakistani fishermen were rushed to PFF office to seek any good news about their loved ones. PFF Chairperson, Mohammed Ali Shah said it was regrettable that the poor fishermen were being targeted by the neighbouring governments of Pakistan and India in retribution. Now, it has become a political issue and should be resolved in the ministerial meeting, he added.