In compliance with India and Pakistan’s Agreement of Consular Access, both the nations on January 1 exchanged the lists of nationals who are logged in jails of each country.
The exchange of list of prisoners was consistent with the provisions of the Agreement that both the countries signed on 21 May 2008.
The list also includes names of civil prisoners and fishermen that are in Indian or Pakistan prisons.
This list was exchanged through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad and news about the same were shared via a statement that was released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on January 1.
“The agreement, which was signed on 21 May 2008, provides that a comprehensive list of nationals of each country lodged in other country’s jails has to be exchanged twice each year, on January 1 and July 1.”
The statement also added that they now await confirmation from Pakistan on the nationality of the prisoners who are in India’s custody and otherwise eligible for release and repatriation.
Besides the prisoner list, both the countries also exchanged the list of their nuclear installation, adhering to their bilateral agree that they signed on December 31, 1988.