Bi-yearly tradition: Pakistan, India swap prisoners’ lists

Exchanges come at a time when ties between the two neighbours are tense.


Our Correspondent July 02, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India on Wednesday exchanged lists of prisoners in each other’s custody as part of a bilateral agreement on consular access between the two neighbours. Under the agreement both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners twice a year – on January 1 and July 1.

“Consistent with the provisions of this agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over a list of 403 Indian prisoners – 48 civilians and 355 fishermen – in Pakistan to the High Commission of India in Islamabad on Wednesday,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

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A similar list of 278 Pakistani prisoners – 251 civilian and 27 fishermen – being held in Indian jails was also handed over to the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi.

The exchange comes at a time when relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours are tense due to controversial statements given by the Indian political leadership. The controversial remarks include an admission by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his country played a role in the breakup of Pakistan in 1971.

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India’s defence minister had also said that New Delhi would use terrorists to neutralise terrorists seemingly while referring to Pakistan. Islamabad has strongly condemned the statements.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2015.

 

COMMENTS (3)

Abdul Mannan Lodhi | 6 years ago | Reply Exchange of prisoners between Indian and Pakistani prisoners is very nice but this is also to be seen ,this list is complete and no other citizens of each country are held in the other. People of both the countries should know that apart from the fishermen who other prisoners are being held on what crimes and for how long they are in the prisons of the neighboring country. This is a humanitarian issue ,Cases of the prisoners should be decided in the shortest possible time And those involved in even the most serious crimes should be returned to their home country after completion of their prison terms. Those awarded very long prison terms should be allowed to .have communication with their relatives in their home countries at specified intervals.
Salman | 6 years ago | Reply What these poor fishermen has to do with India and Pakistan Conflict ?
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