Pakistan to release 360 Indian prisoners this month

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the process of releasing the Indian fishermen will start on April 8 when 100 prisoners will be released.

Written by April 6, 2019 14:40

New Delhi: Pakistan has announced that it will release 360 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, this month in four phases, as a ‘goodwill gesture’.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the process of releasing the Indian fishermen will start on April 8 when 100 prisoners will be released.

He said the prisoners would be released in four batches starting from April 8.

The spokesperson said currently there are 347 Pakistani prisoners in India and 537 Indian prisoners in Pakistan.

“Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners, of which 355 are fishermen and 5 are civilians,” he said.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime border in the Arabian Sea and these fishermen do not have boats equipped with the technology to know their precise location.

According to the lists exchanged by both sides in January, there are 347 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, 249 of whom are what the spokesman described as civilians and 98 fishermen.