India releases 11 Pakistani prisoners today

Claudine Rigal
Juin 12, 2017

According to the government, there are 132 Indian prisoners in Pakistan out of which 57 have already served their jail term.

India had moved the International Court of Justice seeking a stay on the execution of alleged Indian spy and former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who the Pakistan Military Court had accused of being involved in subversive and espionage activities.

The prisoners who are to be released have served their sentence and, therefore, the Pakistani authorities had sought that they be allowed to return to their country.

PM Nawaz and Narendra Modi met for the first time in 17 months, at a summit in Kazakhstan.

Last week, India had released two kids - Ali Raza (11) and Babar (10) - who had inadvertently crossed the global border in Punjub along with their uncle Mohammed Shahzad who continues to be in India's custody.

Indian media cited officials saying the release of prisoners today is a humanitarian issue and should not be linked with downturn in Islamabad-New Delhi ties on Kulbhushan Yadav.

"He also enquired about Sharif´s mother and his family", the official said on condition of anonymity.

The Indian Government's decision to repatriate Pakistani prisoners shows that India attaches huge importance to addressing all humanitarian matters, at a time when the India-Pakistan tensions are at an all time high with Pakistan rangers violating ceasefire along the Line of Control nearly on a daily basis. Pakistan says India has to confirm their nationality before it releases them. The move is being described by Indian authorities as "goodwill gesture".

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