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India rejects Pak claim on non-release of prisoners

india Updated: Jun 06, 2014 21:27 IST
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India on Friday rejected Islamabad's claim that there were 25 Pakistanis languishing in various prisons in the country even after completing their jail terms.

"Let me confirm to you that there are no Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails who have completed their sentence and whose nationality has been confirmed (by Pakistan)," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

He said those who were in Indian jails from Pakistan as of now were prisoners whose nationality was either not confirmed by Pakistan or who had not completed their judicial sentence.

Pakistan said last month that a total of 484 Pakistani prisoners were languishing in Indian jails, including 25 prisoners who had completed their sentences.

India on May 30 released 37 Pakistani prisoners, including 32 fishermen and two civilians, days after Pakistan released 151 Indian prisoners.

The prisoners, lodged in different jails in the country, were handed over to the Pakistani authorities at the Wagah border.

Before his travel to India to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif had the ordered release of 151 Indian prisoners, including 150 fishermen and one civilian, and 57 boats.