Pakistan, India exchange civilian prisoners' lists
Pak has handed over a list of 432 prisoners languishing in Indian jails while New Delhi handed over a list of 493 civilian prisoners.india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 22:35 IST
Pakistan and India have exchanged lists of civilian prisoners lodged in each other's jails.
Pakistan has handed over a list of 432 prisoners languishing in Indian jails while New Delhi handed over a list of 493 civilian prisoners in this country, Online news agency reported.
Well-placed sources said that during secretary-level talks on May 30-31, Pakistani and Indian officials had agreed to exchange the lists by June 15.
The two countries exchanged the prisoners' lists through diplomatic channels. The list handed by India revealed that 169 Pakistani prisoners had been granted consular access and their citizenship had also been confirmed.
However, they said, citizenship of some 111 Pakistani prisoners had yet to be confirmed while 150 prisoners had no consular access.
At least 50 Pakistani prisoners have completed their jail terms but could not be released for a variety of reasons.
Sources revealed both sides would release the prisoners by July 31.