Mumbai: Pakistan today freed 151 Indian fishermen, while Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the release of all detained Indian fishermen on the eve of the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

Authorities released 59 Indian fishermen from Malir jail in Karachi and another 92 from Nara jail in Hyderabad in Sindh province, reported quoting a Press Trust of India report.

The release comes ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India to attend the swearing-in of Modi.
Syed Nazir Hussain, the superintendent of the Malir jail in Karachi, told PTI that the Indian prisoners were released on written directives of the interior and foreign ministries.

The freed prisoners were taken in an air-conditioned bus from Karachi to Wagah border in Lahore from where they will be handed over to Indian authorities.

A Sri Lankan presidential spokesman said Rajapaksa has ordered the release of all Indian fishermen ahead of his visit to India on Monday.

Officials at the Sri Lankan fisheries ministry officials could not indicate the number of Indian fishermen currently in detention.

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