An appeal to release three Pakistani fishermen imprisoned in India since 1999: Jatin Desai
Given below is the text of a letter sent yesterday by JATIN DESAI to the Indian foreign secretary
Shri Ranjan Mathai,
Ministry for External Affairs,
Government of India,
New Delhi -110001
Shri Ranjan Mathai ji,
Greetings from Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD).
This is in regarding three Pakistani fishermen arrested in 1999 when their boat was destroyed in a cyclone and they strayed into Indian water. The Indian Coast Guard arrested few Pakistani fishermen including Nawaz Ali Jat, Usman Sachu son of Haji Ibrahim Jat, Zaman Jat son of Haji Jat and Usman Jat son of Ali Mohammad Jat.
Nawaz Ali passed away on September 8 2012 in Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad and his body was sent to Karachi, Pakistan on October 1 2012 by PIA’s Mumbai-Karachi flight. We believe, remaining 3 arrested Pakistani fishermen are in some prison of Gujarat and most probably in Rajkot as Nawaz was taken to Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad from Rajkot Prison.
The family members, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) and we are concerned about these 3 fishermen. As they are in Indian prison since 1999 we sincerely request you to look into the matter and see they are released and repatriated immediately.
We sincerely believe that all arrested Pakistani fishermen needs to be released unconditionally and immediately. In fact, the India-Pakistan Judicial Committee on Prisoners in August 2008 had unanimously recommended the unconditional release of all fishermen held by India and Pakistan. The contribution of Judicial Committee has been appreciated by both the government but unfortunately their recommendations are not implemented till date.
We hope you will use your good offices and see they are released sooner than later.
- Fisherman’s body arrives from India after 13 years detention
- The intruders were not found in possession of any objectionable material other than a large cache of fish
- The inter-connected destinies of strangers across an international border