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Seven Pakistani fishermen return home after 10-year detention in Yemen by Naveed Siddiqui February 10,2017   |  Source: Dawn

Seven Pakistani fishermen who were detained by authorities in Yemen for over a decade will be returning to Pakistan tonight.

The fishermen who hail from Balochistan and Sindh's coastal areas had crossed international water boundaries 10 years ago and were taken into custody by authorities in Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the fishermen had been held at Sanaa Central Prison and were released as a result of collaboration between the ICRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The fishermen will arrive at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport after midnight and reunite with their families after a decade away from home, the ICRC said, adding that Red Cross and MOFA officials will also be present at the airport to receive the fishermen.

 

© Dawn 2017

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