ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday shared with Indian High Commission in Islamabad a list of 324 Indian prisoners in Pakistan, including 270 fishermen and 54 civil prisoners.
This step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21 May 2008, under which both the countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 1st January and 1st July, respectively.
The Indian government also simultaneously shared the list of 362 Pakistani prisoners in India, including 265 civil prisoners and 97 fishermen with High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.
The Pakistan government has been calling for early release and repatriation of 15 civil prisoners and 47 fishermen to Pakistan who have completed their sentences and whose nationality has been confirmed and conveyed to India.
Moreover, India has been asked to provide immediate consular access to 77 believed to be Pakistani civil prisoners and 113 Pakistani fishermen who are in Indian custody.