On humanitarian grounds: India, Pakistan exchange list of prisoners

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On humanitarian grounds: India, Pakistan exchange list of prisoners

India has repeatedly emphasised the need for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners.

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Monday shared a list of the prisoners lodged in their custody, keeping with the provisions of the 2008 Agreement on Consular Access.

Committed to addressing the humanitarian issues, India shared a list of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen with Pakistan.

Further, it also shared the list of 54 Pakistani civilian prisoners and four fishermen, who have completed their sentences and are awaiting Islamabad’s confirmation of their nationality.

Meanwhile, a juvenile Hasnain, whose nationality was verified by Pakistan, is being repatriated on Monday.

On the other hand, Pakistan also shared a list of 58 civilian prisoners and 399 fishermen lodged in its custody, who are Indians or believed to be Indians.

India has repeatedly emphasised the need for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners.

India is also awaiting the consular access of Indian nationals, including former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari, in Pakistan’s custody for whom it has not yet been provided.

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