Pakistan on confirmed Friday that it has 682 Indian prisoners detained in its jails, as Islamabad and New Delhi exchanged an inventory of civilian prisoners and fishermen of their custody, a routine observe between the 2 neighbors below the provisions of the 2008 Agreement on Consular Access. These lists are exchanged twice a yr — on January 1 and July 1 respectively.
Pakistan shared with the Indian High Commission right here an inventory of 682 Indian prisoners detained within the nation, together with 49 civilians and 633 fishermen, the Pakistan Foreign Office stated in an announcement. Similarly, the Indian aspect has additionally shared an inventory of 461 Pakistani prisoners in India, together with 345 civilians and 116 fishermen with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
These steps have been taken below clause (i) of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21 May 2008, mandating each international locations to change lists of prisoners in one another’s custody on 01 January and 01 July yearly, the Foreign Office stated in an announcement. India on Friday known as on Pakistan to launch and repatriate 536 Indian fishermen and three civilian prisoners who’ve accomplished their jail phrases and whose nationality has been confirmed.
In addition, Pakistan has been requested to offer speedy consular entry to 105 fishermen and 20 civilian prisoners who’ve been in Pakistan’s custody and are believed to be Indians, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated. “The government has called for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defense personnel, and fishermen along with their boats, from Pakistan’s custody,” the MEA stated in an announcement in New Delhi.
“In this context, Pakistan was asked to expedite the release and repatriation of 536 Indian fishermen and three Indian civilian prisoners to India who have completed their sentence and whose nationality has been confirmed and conveyed to Pakistan,” it stated. The MEA stated India stays dedicated to addressing, on precedence, all humanitarian issues, together with these pertaining to prisoners and fishermen in one another’s nation.
India has additionally urged Pakistan to expedite crucial motion at its finish to substantiate the nationality standing of 57 Pakistani prisoners, together with fishermen, whose repatriation is pending for need of nationality affirmation by Pakistan.