India to release 40 Pakistani prisoners

As a confidence-building measure ahead of India- Pakistan home secretary-level talks next week, India will release 40 Pakistani prisoners on June 29, news reports said Friday.

 India to release 40 Pakistani prisoners
As a confidence-building measure ahead of India- Pakistan home secretary-level talks next week, India will release 40 Pakistani prisoners on June 29, news reports said Friday.

The prisoners, including ten fishermen, will be handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Attari-Wagah border in India's northern state Punjab, officials told news agency PTI.

New Delhi is awaiting the confirmation of the nationality of 48 other fishermen, who would be repatriated immediately after their identity was established.

India is committed to early release and repatriation of all those Pakistani nationals who have completed their prison term, the official said, ahead of the meeting between Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan, who are scheduled to meet in Delhi on July 3-4.

The two sides will review progress on the joint terror mechanism and measures to tackle the problem of drug trafficking.

India and Pakistan set up on March 5 an eight-member committee of retired judges to ensure humane treatment of prisoners in each other's countries and their expeditious release on completion of sentences.

Currently 513 Pakistani prisoners are held in Indian jails, including 50 fishermen and 463 civilian detainees.

Last Mod: 29 Haziran 2007, 18:33
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