India awaits consular access to Jadhav: MEA


NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: India awaits consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and other Indian nationals in Pakistan’s custody, the External Affairs Ministry said today, as it exchanged with Islamabad the list of civilian prisoners and fishermen lodged in each other’s jails.

“Lists of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen were handed over to Pakistan,” it said.

A list of 54 Pakistani civilian prisoners and 4 fishermen, who have completed their sentence and whose nationality confirmation is awaited from Pakistan, was also handed over and Pakistan was asked to expedite the confirmation, the Ministry said.

Asserting that it remains committed to addressing humanitarian matters, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen in each other’s country, the Ministry said 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. (AGENCIES)