Pakistan to release 146 Indian fishermen on January 8: FO

  • Pakistan to release 146 Indian fishermen on January 8: FO

Pakistan to release 146 Indian fishermen on January 8: FO

Pakistan handed over a list of 58 civilian prisoners and 399 fishermen in its custody who it said are Indians or are believed to be Indians.

The agreement on the "prohibition of attack against nuclear installations" was signed on December 31, 1988, and entered into force on January 27, 1991, the foreign ministry said in the statement.

The ministry said the list was exchanged between the two countries through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad. The humanitarian gesture came days after the government informed Parliament that negative bilateral ties between India and Pakistan "impinge" on the release of the large number of fishermen languishing in each other's prisons.

Earlier, Pakistan had also released 68 Indian fishermen on 27 October 2017.

The MEA, however, reminded Pakistan that Islamabad needs to grant consular access for some Indian prisoners, including Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari.

Ties between India and Pakistan remained tense this year with the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC), dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries, so often witnessing skirmishes and ceasefire violations.

Hasnain, a juvenile, was repatriated to Pakistan from India on Monday after his nationality was confirmed.

A list of 54 Pakistani civilians and 4 fishermen who have completed their sentences in India was also handed over and Islamabad asked to speed up the confirmation of their nationality, it added. Pakistan had also freed a group of 78 Indian fishermen in July a year ago.