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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday handed over a list of 319 Indian prisoners, including 49 civilians and 270 fishermen housed in the country’s prisons, to the Indian High Commission as part of a bilateral agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO) said the step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between the two countries signed on May 21, 2008.
“The Government of Pakistan today shared with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad a list of 319 Indian prisoners in Pakistan, including 49 civilians and 270 fishermen prisoners,” he said.
Reciprocally, the Indian government also simultaneously shared the list of 340 Pakistani prisoners in India, including 263 civilians and 77 fishermen with the High Commissioner for Pakistan in New Delhi, the FO said.
The two countries under the agreement must exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1 and July 1.
Despite recurring tensions over the years, the two countries have exchanged prison lists without interruption.
Information sharing occurs despite ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan.
The relationship sank after Indian warplanes attacked a terrorist training ground deep in Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terrorist attack carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group. based in Pakistan in which 40 CRPF jawans died.
Tensions between the two nations escalated further after New Delhi repealed the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and forked it into two Union Territories.
Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian High Commissioner following the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
Claiming that the repeal of section 370 was its “internal matter”, India has defended the imposition of restrictions in the Kashmir Valley on the grounds that they were established to prevent Pakistan from creating further damage through proxies and terrorists.

Times of India

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