Vadodara: To put pressure on the Pakistan government for the release of 380 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistan jails, a 13-member delegation from Gujarat will visit Pakistan next month.
The Centre had mooted the proposal a couple of months before, for the release of Indian fishermen and their 369 boats and accordingly names have been forwarded, Gujarat Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Dilip Sanghani told PTI here on Monday.
The Indian Fishermen’s Association and Fishermen’s Cooperative Societies Federation, Karachi has also made repeated representations to the Pakistani authorities for the release of fishermen arrested from the fishing zone area of Jakhau port in Kutch district bordering Pakistan.
Till 2003, fishermen’s delegations from Gujarat used to visit Pakistan frequently for the release of seized Indian fishermen and boats. The Indian fishermen released from the Pakistani jails, used to sail in the same boat to reach Okha port in Gujarat from Karachi port in Pakistan.
But after 2003, the fishermen were released through Wagah border while no boats were released.
The Indian government, after the installation of the Yousuf Gillani government, decided to revive the practice of sending fishermen’s delegations to facilitate the release of its fishermen.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had also demanded that like Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan should sign a pact to release fishermen straying into international waters, within a fortnight of their arrest.