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Pakistan releases 107 Indian fishermen

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Karachi (dpa) - Pakistan Saturday released a group of 107 Indian fishermen along with their 17 fishing boats and handed them over to a visiting Indian fishermen delegation, officials said.

J. J. Paramar, head of the Indian delegation who received the fishermen, told Pakistani officials that they were on their routine fishing trips when pushed into Pakistani waters by the recent cyclone.

A tropical cyclone hit India and coastal Pakistan recently killing hundreds of people and rendered homeless thousands others.

Army and civil administration are still busy in Pakistan's southern Sindh province providing relief to the cyclone affected people.

The Indian fisherman said around 250 Indian fishermen could not be traced so far. Personnel of Pakistan navy had rescued at least 11 other Indian fisherman, Paramar said.

Pakistani officials said the released fishermen would leave for India within a day or two.

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