India, Pakistan to exchange prisoners' lists tomorrow

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Islamabad, Mar 29 : India and Pakistan would exchange the lists of prisoners languishing in each other's jails on Monday.

According to the Indian Government, currently 372 Indian fishermen and around 199 other Indians are in Pakistani jails.

The two countries will exchange the lists through their high commissions in New Delhi and Islamabad.

A committee of retired judges was set up a year ago to look into the issue of prisoners from the two countries.

The committee, which held its first meeting in February in New Delhi, recommended the release of prisoners who have been detained for "petty offences". It had also directed officials of both countries to prepare and exchange lists of prisoners before its next meeting in Islamabad in mid-April.

The committee members have also decided that the Indian chapter of their committee would visit jails in Pakistan in April.

Earlier this month, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said that a new consular agreement was also being finalised between the two countries to ensure an expeditious release of prisoners and provision of consular access for them.

The existing arrangement between the two countries on the granting of consular access and the release of prisoners is governed by the provisions of the 1982 Protocol on Consular Access, Mukherjee had said.

ANI

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