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Islamabad: India and Pakistan are using arrested fishermen “as bargaining chips”, a leading Pakistani daily said, adding that the fishermen want to make a decent living and are not a threat.

An editorial “Fishermen’s release” in the Dawn on Monday, said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent phone call to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif to convey Ramadan greetings, “may not have solved the Sir Creek dispute, but it was no less momentous for around 200 Pakistani and Indian fishermen imprisoned in each other’s countries”.

Modi’s promise to ensure that Pakistani fishermen detained in his country, would return home for Ramadan was promptly reciprocated by Nawaz Sharif, with the release of 113 Indian fishermen behind bars in Islamabad, since around nine months.

This was immediately followed by India releasing 88 Pakistani fishermen held in its prisons, the daily said.

The editorial said that these impoverished people, “feature in a pantomime that regularly takes place every few months or so between the two neighbouring countries – the release from prison of a clutch of hapless fishermen, belonging to one side or the other”.

“The fishermen, only looking to make a decent living, are no threat, nor does anyone seriously consider them to be so. Yet they are used as bargaining chips, to be played when the time is right.”

“Surely it did not need the sighting of the Ramadan crescent, or a phone conversation between the premiers of Pakistan and India, to bring the misery of over 200 families to an end,” it added.

The daily said that most fishermen are not treated badly during their incarceration, but that is “small comfort for those who get caught in the infernal game called politics, much like the struggling fish they catch in their nets”. (IANS)

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But the eight-year-old company wants to be recognised not as just another smartphone company and it began working towards this mission in 2014

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“Excited about a new business that we are launching. We’ll announce it tomorrow,” Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, revealed in a tweet on Monday.

“This new business will forever change rural retail in India,” he stressed.

Started with the online-only strategy, Xiaomi is fast expanding its presence in offline retail as well.

In September, the company launched its fourth flagship “Mi Home” experience store in the country, in Bengaluru, along with a new office.

“With the launch of a new ‘Mi Home’ experience store, we aim to bring maximum international products to the Indian markets,” Jain said at the time of the launch.

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With the purpose of strengthening its offline network further, Xiaomi said in September it wanted to open 100 “Mi Home” stores in 2018 itself.

Known for its low-cost phones, the company shipped 11.7 million units and became the top brand in the Indian market with 27.3 per cent share in the third quarter this year, with Samsung at second spot, according to an International Data Corporation (IDC) report last week.

The company grew to a new high on the back of its successful Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 Pro series and refreshed Redmi 6/A/Pro portfolio, said the report.

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But the eight-year-old company wants to be recognised not as just another smartphone company and it began working towards this mission in 2014.

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