India, Pak exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s jails

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan today exchanged lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen lodged in each other’s jails as per the provision of a bilateral agreement.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Pakistan has shared with India a list of 53 civilian prisoners and 418 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed to be Indians.

It said Pakistan was asked to expedite the release of nine Indian civilian prisoners and 229 Indian fishermen who have completed their sentences and whose nationality have been confirmed.

The MEA said India has conveyed to Pakistan the need for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats.

India too handed over to Pakistan a list of 249 civilian prisoners and 108 fishermen from that country lodged in Indian jails. (AGENCIES)