Pasbanan-       India rejected issuing visas to Pakistani pilgrims who were to visit Delhi to participate in the Urs celebrations of a revered Sufi saint while Islamabad freed 145 Indian fishermen from prison as a goodwill gesture and promised to set free dozens more in the coming week.

Analysts believe that these “small gestures”, like this one made by Pakistan, might help in placating tensions, despite a verbal spat between Islamabad and New Delhi,

“We can’t expect major developments but goodwill gestures do help in improving ties,” Nadeem Mirza, assistant professor at the School of Politics and International Relations in Quaid-i-Azam University, told an international media outlet.

The released Indian fishermen were handed over to Indian authorities at a Wagha-Attari border crossing near Lahore.

These fishermen were held in Malir prison in Karachi for illegally fishing in Pakistani territorial waters. Pakistan decided on December 21 to release and repatriate 291 Indian fishermen in two phases starting on December 29.

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