In a letter addressed to PM Modi, the association's president Manish Lodhari claimed that there are around 440 Indian fishermen, mostly from Gujarat, and around 860 boats in the custody of Pakistan.

He also claimed that out of these 860, 604 boats belong to Porbandar. Lodhari expressed hopes that looking at the current 'micable' atmosphere between the two countries, it will be easier now to bring the fishermen and their boats back home.

Claiming that even Pakistani authorities are willing to release the fishermen, Lodhari urged PM Modi to take prompt action. He also stated that families of the fishermen are living in miserable conditions and eagerly waiting for their family members to return.

"Out of the 860 boats captured by Pakistani authorities in the recent past, 115 are in good shape and can be brought back. If these boats will not be brought here soon, they will also become useless," the letter, sent yesterday, stated.

Lodhari also sent a separate letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh about the release of subsidy to fishermen under the soft loan package.

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