Pakistan India swap prisoners list: Foreign Office

18:46, July 01, 2010      

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Pakistan and India Thursday exchanged lists of prisoners, Pakistani foreign office said.

In a statement, the foreign office spokesman said that the prisoners' list was exchanged on the 1st of January and July every year at the diplomatic level as required by the Article (i) of the Agreement on Consular Access signed between Pakistan and India on May 21, 2008.

Pakistan handed over the list of Indian prisoners while India provided the list of those Pakistanis detained in Indian jails.

According to the list India gave to Pakistan on January 1, 2010, there are 633 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, of whom 509 are civil prisoners and 124 are fishermen.

However, the Pakistan foreign ministry claimed that there are 923 Pakistanis still in Indian jails. India has yet to provide consular access to over 100 Pakistani prisoners. These Indians and Pakistanis have been imprisoned on charges of spying or illegal entry.

The list provided by India earlier this year did not include 18 Pakistan Army personnel, who were made Prisoners of War in 1965 and 1971, a local TV said while citing sources reported.

The report added that Pakistan had handed over the list of these 18 Pakistanis to the Indian High Commission on Dec. 22, 2009.

Pakistan on Wednesday released 17 Indian prisoners as a "goodwill gesture", the prisoners were handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border crossing near Lahore. While, India released four Pakistani prisoners.



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