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Pak plea on fishermen passport

Vadodara, Oct. 31 (PTI): The Pakistani high commission in New Delhi has sought permission for its officials to visit Gujarat on November 3 for issuing temporary passports to 93 Pakistani fishermen languishing in various jails in the state.

“The Pakistan high commission has sought permission from the external affairs ministry to allow its officials to visit Gujarat for issuing temporary passports,” leader of the Pakistani fishermen’s delegation Abusar Mariwala said. He has been camping in India since September 22 for the release of these fishermen.

Mariwala said he had spoken to the first secretary in the Pakistani high commission, Khalid Zamali, who told him that a request in this regard was made to the Indian government three days ago and a reply was awaited. The issuance of temporary passports to these fishermen is necessary for their return soon after fixing the departure date, he said.

Earlier this week, Mariwala had urged the Pakistani fisheries minister in Sindh province, Sardar Mansurkhan Pawar, to resolve the issue of the release of 93 fishermen before October 31.

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