Sri Lanka, Pakistan release Indian fishermen to mark Modi’s oath ceremony

published on May 25, 2014

As a goodwill measure to mark the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have ordered the release of Indian fishermen in their custody.

As a goodwill measure on the occasion of @narendramodi’s swearing-in, President instructs officials to release Indian fishermen in custody, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa tweeted.

Pakistan has also decided to release 152 Indian fishermen on May 26, the day Narendra Modi will take oath as Prime Minister in presence of Nawaz Sharif and other heads of SAARC countries.

A team from Gujarat has been sent to receive them on the Wagah border in Punjab, a senior state government official said.

A team of officials from State Fisheries department has been dispatched to receive them at the Wagah border on Monday, Chief Fisheries Commissioner P L Darbar said.

“We received a communication from the Union Home Ministry that 152 Indian fishermen (most of them from Gujarat) will be released by Pakistan on May 26. Accordingly, we have sent a team to make all necessary arrangements to received them,” he said.

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