At least 546 Indian nationals, including almost 500 fishermen, are languishing in Pakistani jails, as per a list the Pakistan government given over to the Indian envoy today.
The list was given to High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale under the Consular Access Agreement signed between the two nations on May 21, 2008.
The foreign office said the Indian prisoners included “52 civilians and 494 fishermen”.
It said the “step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement”, under which both nations were required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice every year – on January 1 and July 1.
The foreign office said the Indian government will likewise hand over a list of its detainees in India to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
As per the rundown Islamabad shared to India on January 1 this year, there were 351 Indian detainees held in Pakistan, including 54 civilians and 297 fishermen.
The foreign office said 219 Indian fishermen were released on January 6 this year and included that Pakistan would release another 77 fishermen and one civilian on July 10.