Islamabad, Feb.28 : Contacts between officials in India and Pakistan regarding the bilateral dialogue process are continuing without interruption, Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Sadiq said on Wednesday, adding that a review meeting of the fourth round of talks at the foreign secretary level and a ministerial review meeting would be held in Islamabad next month.
The fifth round of talks, he said, would commence immediately after the fourth round, adding that a schedule for these meetings was being discussed through diplomatic channels.
The Dawn also quoted the spokesman as saying that the first meeting of the Pakistan-India Joint Judicial Committee on Prisoners held in New Delhi had recommended exchange of consolidated lists of prisoners languishing in jails of the two countries by March 31.
The number of Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, he said, was 450 while there were 500 Indian prisoners in Pakistani prisons.
The committee has recommended immediate release of all the prisoners whose national status has been verified and who have completed their sentences.
Other recommendations of the committee include special consideration for repatriation of women, juveniles and disabled prisoners; immediate release of detained fishermen whose national status has been confirmed; and providing consular access in other cases by March 31, 2008.