Pak critical over continued detention of prisoners in India

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Islamabad, Oct 24 (UNI) Pakistan has regretted continued detention of its prisoners in Indian prisons despite completion of their jail terms.

''It is regrettable that a large number of Pakistani civilian prisoners who have completed their sentences are still waiting for their release,'' Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Cheema said today.

He said during the recent home secretary level talks on terrorism, the two countries had decided to release all those civilian prisoners/fishermen who had completed their sentences and their national status stood confirmed.

The ministry had confirmed national status of 266 civilian prisoners and travel documents of 157 of them had been sent to Indian external affairs ministry.

''We urge Indian government to expedite the process of reptariation of our civilian prisoners,'' Mr Cheema said, adding that during the last five years, Pakistan released 2,824 Indians (265 civilian prisoners and 2,559 fishermen) But India released only 832 Pakistan nationals.

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