Pakistan to release 291 Indian fishermen in two phases


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to release two hundred and ninety one Indian fishermen in two phases on humanitarian grounds.

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

He said the fishermen will be released in the first phase on 29th of this month and on 8th of next month.

He reiterated Pakistan’s belief that humanitarian issues should be facilitated instead of being politicized.

The Spokesperson said that visas have been issued to the wife and mother of convicted RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav and their meeting would take place in Islamabad.

Highlighting Pakistan’s role in reconstruction activities in Afghanistan, the Spokesperson said that Pakistan has established three tertiary care hospitals in three different cities of that country.

He said Pakistan is also imparting training to medical staff and sixty nine Afghan a health professionals completed their training this year.

To another question, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan is fully committed to the freedom and protection of rights of all minorities living here and they are proud Pakistanis having representation in all walks of life.

To a question regarding voting in UN on Jerusalem issue, he said freedom has no price and Pakistan’s vote will be principled.

Replying to a question regarding China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the spokesperson said it is a plan to fully harness Pakistan’s natural endowments by boosting Pakistan industrial capabilities and improving its infrastructure.

He said the projects under this Corridor are under progress and will be completed in three phases with short term projects by 2020, mid-term by 2025 and long term projects by 2030.


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