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India asks Pakistan to ensure early release of Indian fishermen and prisoners

Pakistan has been urged to ensure the safety of all Indians and those deemed to be Indians.

New Delhi:

India on Saturday demanded Pakistan to ensure the release and repatriation of 356 Indian fishermen and two civilian prisoners whose citizenship has already been confirmed and the Pakistan administration was informed. Is. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, Pakistan has also been asked to provide immediate consular access to 182 Indian fishermen and 17 civilian prisoners who are currently in Pakistani custody and who are believed to be Indians. Huh .

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India made this request in the context of exchange of lists of fishermen and civilian prisoners between the two countries. This is done on 1 January and 1 July every year under the 2008 agreement framework between the two countries. The Ministry of External Affairs said that India handed over a list of 282 civilian prisoners of Pakistan and 73 fishermen who are in Indian custody to the neighboring country. Similarly, Pakistan handed over a list of 51 civilian prisoners and 577 fishermen who are believed to be Indian citizens in its custody.

According to the statement, India has also asked Pakistan to ensure the early release and return of civilian prisoners, missing defense personnel and fishermen and their boats. It said that the government has asked Pakistan to expedite the grant of visas for medical team members so that they can check the mental condition and health of prisoners in Pakistan who are in its jail and about whom it is understood. It is known that they are Indian citizens.

According to the statement of the ministry, “It has also been proposed to organize a visit to Pakistan for a Joint Judicial Committee soon.” Committed to prioritizing

The ministry said that in this context, India has appealed to Pakistan to take necessary steps to confirm the citizenship of 68 Pakistani prisoners, including fishermen, whose deportation is pending with the confirmation of citizenship by Pakistan. It said that in view of Covid-19, Pakistan has also been urged to ensure the safety and welfare of all Indians and those deemed to be Indians.

(This news has not been edited by NDTV team. It has been published directly from Syndicate feed.)

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