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India, Pak agree to release fishermen

The statement came at the end of two-day talks in Islamabad between top officials of the home ministries.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 19:35 IST

Pakistan and India on Wednesday agreed to release each other's fishermen and civilian prisoners by the end of next month, a joint statement said.

The statement came at the end of two-day talks in Islamabad between top officials of the home ministries held as part of a peace dialogue between the South Asian rivals.

"Both sides agreed that fishermen and civilian prisoners, who have completed their prison sentences and have been granted consular access, and whose national status has been verified, would be released by 30 June 2006," it said.

The statement did not give any number of such prisoners.

It said the two countries also agreed to exchange lists of civilian prisoners by June 15 to facilitate consular access to them by July 31 and their subsequent release.

Agreement was also reached on early release of inadvertent border crosses including minors, senior citizens and disabled persons, who are not involved in specific cases.

The statement said the two sides reiterated their "commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and re-emphasised the need for effective steps for the complete elimination of this menace".

The two sides vowed to pursue "effective and sustained action against the terrorists".

The statement said the two countries would immediately notify of arrests of each other's nationals and grant consular access to them within three months.