Pakistan submits list of 319 Indian prisoners, 49 civilians included
- The Indian prisoners in Pakistan include 49 civilians and 270 fishermen
- As per the Consular Access Agreement, the list of prisoners are shared on January 1, and July 1
- Tensions have remained high between the two countries since early 2019
Pakistan on Friday submitted a list of 319 Indian prisoners, including 49 civil and 270 fishermen, locked in jails of the country, to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad as part of a bilateral agreement, PTI reported.
“The Government of Pakistan, today, shared with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad a list of 319 Indian prisoners in Pakistan, including 49 civilians and 270 fishermen prisoners,” PTI quoted Foreign Office as saying in a statement. The central government wing further highlighted the process to be in tandem with the Consular Access Agreement between the two countries.
As per the FO, the Government of India reportedly has also shared a reciprocal list of 340 Pakistani prisoners in India, including 263 civilians and 77 fishermen, with the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi.
Under the agreement, the two countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody two times a year, on January 1 and July 1.
Relationship between the two countries soured substantially after an alleged strike by India into a terrorist camp deep inside the Pakistani territory on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack by Jaish-e-Muhammad based in Pakistan in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.