Pakistan on Friday handed over a listing of 319 Indian prisoners together with 49 civil and 270 fishermen lodged within the nation’s jails to the Excessive Fee of India as a part of a bilateral settlement.
The Overseas Workplace (FO) mentioned that the step is in in step with the provisions of the Consular Entry Settlement between the 2 international locations signed on Might 21, 2008.
“The Authorities of Pakistan, as we speak, shared with the Indian Excessive Fee in Islamabad a listing of 319 Indian prisoners in Pakistan, together with 49 civilians and 270 fishermen prisoners,” it mentioned.
Reciprocally, the Indian authorities additionally concurrently shared the checklist of 340 Pakistani prisoners in India, together with 263 civilians and 77 fishermen with the Excessive Fee for Pakistan in New Delhi, the FO mentioned.
The 2 international locations beneath the settlement are required to alternate lists of prisoners in one another’s custody twice a 12 months, on 1st January and 1st July.
Regardless of recurrent stress through the years, the 2 international locations have been exchanging the lists of prisoners with none break.
The alternate of data comes regardless of the continuing tensions between India and Pakistan.
The connection dipped after India’s struggle planes pounded a terrorist coaching camp deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror assault carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group by which 40 CRPF jawans had been killed.
Tensions between the 2 nations spiked additional after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Structure to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian excessive commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
Asserting that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “inside matter”, India has defended the imposition of restrictions within the Kashmir Valley on the grounds that they had been put to forestall Pakistan from creating extra mischief by proxies and terrorists.