Lahore: Pakistani authorities today handed over to Indian officials 12 prisoners, most of them fishermen, who were released from a jail in the southern port city of Karachi.
The Indian nationals were handed over to the Border Security Force by the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah land border.
The group, which included 11 fishermen, were arrested on charges of violating Pakistan?s maritime and land boundaries.
They were freed from Malir Jail in Karachi yesterday.
They were to have been freed along with 442 other Indian prisoners who were repatriated in August-September but their release was held up due to delays in verifying their identity.
“The Indians were extremely happy as they know they will soon be reunited with their families,” said Muhammad Younus, an official of the Pakistani NGO Edhi Foundation.
He said the foundation provided food and clothes to the Indians before they were repatriated.