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Iran frees 20 Pakistani fishermen

Iran frees 20 Pakistani fishermen

GWADAR: The Iranian authorities released on Saturday 20 Pakistani fishermen who had been taken into custody by the coastguards along with their boats last week.

“The fishermen have reached home,” relatives told Dawn. “They were arrested by the Iranian coastguards while fishing in the Arabian Sea near Jiwani.”

The Iranian authorities handed over the fishermen to Levies Force at the Taftan border crossing. But their boats are still in the custody of Iranian coastalguards.

“Our five boats have not been returned by the Iranian authorities,” said Khuda Bakhsh, one of the fishermen who reached here after being released.

Sources said that Iranian coastguards had also taken another group of fishermen into custody along with their two boats. There has been no information about those fishermen so far.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2016

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