India, Pakistan exchange lists of civilian prisoners, fishermen in their custody

India and Pakistan today exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen in their custody. This exchange is as per the provisions of the 2008 Agreement under which such lists are exchanged every year on 1st January and 1st July.

India handed over lists of 265 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 97 fishermen in India’s custody. Whereas, Pakistan has shared lists of 54 civilian prisoners and 270 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed-to-be Indians.

The Government has called for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen, along with their boats, from Pakistan’s custody.

Pakistan has been asked to expedite the release and repatriation of seven Indian civilian prisoners and 106 Indian fishermen to India whose nationality has been confirmed and conveyed to Pakistan.

The Government has also sought Pakistan to expedite the grant of visas to the members of the medical experts team and facilitate their visit to Pakistan to assess the mental condition of believed-to-be Indian prisoners of unsound mind. Government has asked Pakistan to organize early visit of the Joint Judicial Committee and another four-member team to Karachi in connection with release and repatriation of Indian fishing boats.

India has also urged Pakistan to expedite necessary action to confirm the nationality status of 88 Pakistan prisoners, including fishermen, whose repatriation is pending for want of nationality confirmation by Pakistan.