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Ranjit Mahanti

THIS is Modi-Fied impact. A day ahead of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan nations have ordered the release of Indian fishermen in their custody. Pakistan will release 152 Indian fishermen while Sri Lanka will release all Indian fishermen arrested by the Lankan Navy for poaching.

According to media news Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been invited for the oath-ceremony.

Chief Fisheries Commissioner P L Darbar told media that a team of officials from State Fisheries department has been dispatched to receive them at the Wagah border on Monday

This is the second instance when Sri Lanka is releasing Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for poaching. In March, Rajapaksa had ordered the release of arrested fishermen after India abstained from voting on an anti-Sri Lanka motion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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

Pakistan has also decided to release Indian fishermen on May 26. On Sunday, the Pakistani government also released 59 Indian prisoners mostly fishermen. The fishermen hail from various parts of Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and other cities of the country.

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