Over 160 Indian fishermen who were released from Pakistani prisons last week have arrived back in India through the Attari-Wagah joint check post, Border Security Force (BSF) officials said here on Tuesday.
The released fishermen include three minors, including an 11-year-old boy.
These fishermen had been arrested by Pakistani Coast Guard on charges of fishing in Pakistan’s territorial waters off the coast of Gujarat and taken to Karachi where they were lodged in various prisons.
Pakistani authorities had ordered the release of these fishermen as a goodwill gesture.
Authorities at Attari provided transit documents to the fishermen who returned from Pakistan. The fishermen were provided transport to take them back to their homes in Gujarat.
In the wake of the creation of separate Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the government on Saturday released a new political map of the Indian Union, with 28 States and nine Union Territories (UTs). Pakistan.
The new map denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and surprisingly includes three districts — Muzaffarabad, Punch and Mirpur — which are under Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The Ladakh UT consists of two districts — Kargil and Leh — while the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory comprises 20 districts.
In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as: “Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory and Leh and Ladakh, except the present territory of Kargil.”
The order was called the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019.
The map of J&K UT comprises 20 districts, including Muzzarfarabad, Mirpur and the area of Poonch which are under PoK.
In 1947, the former Jammu and Kashmir state had 14 districts — Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.
On the recommendation of the Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind effectively abrogated Article 370 from the Indian Constitution and issued the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, in August.