Pakistan released 20 Indian fishermen arrested in Karachi’s Malir Jail on Sunday, June 19, 2022. The fisherman is being taken to the Wagha border crossing in Lahore, where they will be turned over to India.
The recent release of 20 Indian national fishermen is a minor step toward bilateral peace. Hundreds of Indian captives remain imprisoned in Pakistani prisons. It is anticipated that through further communication and diplomacy, the two countries would be able to work out their disagreements and release all of the inmates.
In April of this year, Pakistan released 360 Indian inmates as part of de-escalation from a confrontation that caused foreign powers to call for calm.
According to officials, the Indian prisoners were released from various Pakistani jails and handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border crossing.
The detainees were released as Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since their independence from British rule in 1947, backed away from the verge of a fourth.
In August 2018, Pakistan released 30 Indian inmates, 27 of whom were fishermen, as a humanitarian gesture to commemorate Pakistan’s Independence Day on 14 August 2018.