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Pakistan releases 172 Indian fishermen

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Pakistan on Sunday released 172 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture, two days after the Prime Ministers of the two countries decided to resume high-level contacts.

“We got the release orders today[Sunday] and we have released the prisoners who will travel to Wagah via train,” Muhammad Sehto, the superintendent at Malir Jail, said.

The fishermen had been held at the Malir and Landhi district jail in Karachi for allegedly violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.

Mr. Sehto said the majority of the fishermen released were those who had completed their sentences.

Ceasefire violated again

Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistan Rangers on Sunday opened fire at Tawi area in the R.S. Pura sector of Jammu district. “They [Pakistani side] fired three rounds of small arms at around 11 a.m. towards Tawi area in the R.S. Pura sector. However, there was no retaliation from our side,” a senior BSF officer told PTI.

He said this was the second such ceasefire violation by Pakistan since Saturday. Pakistan Rangers fired two to three mortar shells in Nowapind border outpost area along the IB in the R.S. Pura sector of the district on Saturday night. The shells exploded in an isolated area and no one was injured. An infiltration bid was also foiled by the Army along the Line of Control in Poonch district on Saturday. Defence spokesman of Northern Command, Colonel S.D. Goswami, said three to four persons tried to cross the LoC under cover of Pakistani firing but they fled back when Indian troops opened fire.

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