Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pakistan hands over list of 457 Indian prisoners: Foreign Ministry

Pakistan hands over list of 457 Indian prisoners: Foreign Ministry

With the start of new year, Pakistan and India exchanged lists of their nationals languishing in each other's respective prisons, ARY News reported on Monday.

The agreement was signed on December 31, 1988 and came into force on January 27, 1991. This is the 27th consecutive exchange of such lists between the two countries, the first one having taken place on 1 January 1992.

The Foreign Office said Pakistan will release 146 Indian fishermen on January 08.

Foreign officer spokesperson said that under the mutual agreement both countries are bond to exchange prisoner list twice a year.

In the July 2017 list shared by Pakistan, 546 Indian nationals, including 494 fishermen, were reportedly in Pakistani jails. The ministry also informed that a juvenile named Hasnain, whose nationality was verified by Pakistan, was being repatriated. The released fishermen entered India via Wagah border. The government has repeatedly emphasised the need for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats.

India reiterated on Monday its request for consular access to convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari, both imprisoned in Pakistan on the charges of anti-state activities.

India used the opportunity to once again underline that Pakistan is yet to grant consular access to Jadhav, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Pakistan had also freed a group of 78 Indian fishermen in July previous year.

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