Pakistan to release 367 Indian Prisoners to send positive message

Islamabad: Pakistan will release 367 Indian prisoners next week to send a positive message to its neighbour, Pakistani sources said on Saturday.
The two sides are trying to ease pressure on the Line of Control (LoC) after about two weeks of ceasefire violations that started after five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops early this month.

“Yes, it is true that 367 Indian prisoners and fishermen are being released on August 24,” a senior Foreign Office official said.

He said according to the record of the Foreign Office, there were at least 485 Pakistanis jailed in India, including 172 fishermen and 313 civilians. But the latest list provided by India on July 1 under a Consular Agreement shows that there are 386 prisoners in Indian jails, including 108 fishermen.

Aziz said the discrepancy of 99 prisoners had been taken up with the Indian authorities.

Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry told a weekly briefing yesterday that both “diplomatic and military channels” were being used to normalise the situation.

He said a meeting between the Prime Ministers on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in September in New York would be an “useful opportunity” to build trust and consolidate ties.

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