During the last three years, a total of 1,624 Indian fishermen and 69 civilians were released from Pakistani jails after they completed their sentence.
The Centre submitted this information to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday. It was informed that the Centre had taken up the matter for release of Gurdaspur resident Sunil Masih and Tarn Taran resident Dilbagh Singh with the Pakistan government and hopefully they would be released soon.
It was submitted that an India-Pakistan judicial committee on prisoners consisting of four retired judges from each side had been set up to recommend steps for humane treatment and expeditious release of prisoners of the respective countries in each other's jails. The committee had met six times since February 2008.
The submissions were made during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by NGO Lawyers for Human Rights International. The petitioner organisation had sought directions to the Centre to speed up the process of identification of the two residents from Punjab, namely Dilbagh Singh and Sunil Masih, locked up in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore despite completion of their sentence.