India to discharge 11 Pakistani civil prisoners today

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif today following the discharge of 11 civil criminals in a ‘goodwill gesture’.

Pakistan had demand the release of these criminals as they had all completed their prison term. For the first time, Indian authorities will take such initiative since Indian secret agent Kulbhushan Jadhav faced death sentence by a Pakistan military court in the month of April 2017.

The discharge is helpful as it also appear days after Modi’s meeting with Nawaz Sharif in Astana on the limitations of the SCO summit. As per the sources, since it was the first chance when the 2 leaders had a meeting after Sharif’s action, PM asked about his health. He also had a discussion about his mother and family.

India had discharged 2 kids last week. The name of kids was found as Ali Reza (11) and Babar (10). They had “by mistake” crossed the international border in Punjab with their uncle Mohammed Shahzad who remains to be in India’s supervision. In April, the kids were to be discharged but Indian authorities had laid it on hold after Pakistan declared the death sentence to Jadhav.

Indian officials stated that the discharge of criminals was a humanitarian issue and should not be connected with further slump in tie over Jadhav. The government believes that Islamabad too will make possible the discharge of Indian prisoners stuck in Pakistani jails.

As per the government, about 132 Indian prisoners are in Pakistani jails. Among 132, 57 have already completed their jail term.

 

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