News ID: 314940
Published: 0213 GMT July 19, 2021

Consul general: Three Iranian fishermen held in Pakistan freed, more to be freed soon

Consul general: Three Iranian fishermen held in Pakistan freed, more to be freed soon

Pakistan has released three Iranian fishermen arrested by the Pakistani coast guard off the southern port city of Karachi, an Iranian diplomat told Iran Daily on Monday.

Hassan Nourian, Iran’s consul general in Karachi, said the fishermen, who are from Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province, were freed following calls between Iranian and Pakistani officials.
Nourian said the Iranian nationals had entered Pakistani waters “by mistake” because they did not have navigation equipment. 
He added that more Iranian sailors and fishermen are expected to be set free by Pakistan in the near future.
The consul general also said Iran has planed training courses for local fishermen to help them stay away from other countries' territorial waters. 
IRNA reported on Monday that the released Iranians have flown to the capital Tehran. 
According to Iran’s official news agency, the trio had been in a prison in Karachi for months. The report did not say when they had been apprehended. 
Last year, more than 60 Iranian nationals held in prisons across Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province were released through diplomatic efforts and returned to Iran.
 
 
   
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