Indo-Pak talk halt affects prisoners' exchange
Suspension of foreign secretary-level Indo-Pak talks have affected exchange of prisoners between the countries.india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 17:11 IST
Suspension of the foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan has had its first negative impact on bilateral ties: exchange of prisoners between the countries has been halted, the Dawn newspaper said.
With approximately 500 people involved on each side, it means an indefinite delay in freedom to 1,000 people, the newspaper said quoting interior ministry sources.
Prisoners on both sides, mostly fishermen who stray into each other's undemarcated waters on the Arabian Sea and people from villages who stray across the border, have been exchanged from time to time.
The process had been accelerated during the last two years and the last such exchange was last month.
The newspaper said the process of release of prisoners was in progress on a reciprocal basis before the suspension of talks and the two sides had agreed to provide consular access to the prisoners in three months.