As per provision of a 2008 agreement India and Pakistan has exchanged lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen in their respective custody.
Under the Consular Access Agreement, twice a year, on January 1st and July 1st, both countries are required to swap over lists of prisoners in each other’s custody respectively.
Pakistan handed over a list of 261 Indian prisoners (52 civil + 209 fishermen) lodged in Pakistani jails to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
Through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the information became public.
According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, “Government has called for early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats.”
MEA said that India has also asked Pakistan to expedite the grant of visas to the medical experts team proposed to visit Pakistan.
India’s medical team is suppose to assess the mental condition of believed-to-be Indian prisoners lodged in different jails in Pakistan.
The Foreign Office said that the Indian Government has also shared the list of 256 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 99 fishermen in India’s custody with Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.