New Delhi gives list of 386 detained Pakistanis in India
02 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Indian authorities have handed over a list of 386 Pakistanis detained in Indian jails to the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi.
However, according to record of Pakistani prisoners maintained by the Foreign Ministry as well as well as Pakistan High Commission, NGOs and relatives of prisoners, there are 485 Pakistani in India jails, an official of the Foreign Ministry informed the Senate Standing Committee on Narcotics Control and Interior.
The Pakistan High Commission has taken up the matter with the Indian authorities to clarify the discrepancy, the official said.
He said 30 Pakistani prisoners have completed their sentences but Indian authorities have not released them yet.
Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi is consistently taking up the issue with relevant India authorities to secure the release of those 30 Pakistani prisoners.
To a question, the official said that presently there are 79,012 Pakistani prisoners in various jails of different countries all over the world and the ministry was providing them legal assistance as per law of the land.
2,332 Indian fishermen apprehended in 5 five years
As many as 2,332 Indian fishermen have been apprehended in the last five years (2008-2013) over the violation of Pakistani Maritime Boundary, according to documents placed in Parliament House.
According to the documents, Pakistan also released 1,959 fishermen during the same period. Some 229 fishermen were released in 2008, 100 in 2009, 454 in 2010, 103 in 2011, 680 in 2012 and 393 in 2013.
As per agreement signed between Pakistan and India in May 2008, each government is bound to maintain a list of prisoners and exchange it on January 1 and July 1.