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Pakistan announced to release 360 Indian Prisoners after India issued a note verbale
Pakistan announced to release 360 Indian Prisoners after India issued a note verbale

Islamabad: On Friday, the Pakistani government announced the release of 360 Indian prisoners on completion of their sentences. The decision has been taken three days after India issued a note verbale - an unsigned diplomatic correspondence - asking Islamabad to release 400 Indian prisoners lodged in their jails despite completing their sentence of 4-5 years. Here it is to be noted that a statement issued on Radio Pakistan -- the official radio broadcaster of the neighbouring nation -- said that the fishermen would be sent back beginning from Monday, April 8. Pakistan Could Be Blacklisted by FATF Due to 'Lobbying by India', Says Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

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However it is worth mention here that the list submitted by India to the Pakistan High Commission last week named 385 fishermen, who were detained by their authorities after illegally venturing into their waters; along with 5 other Indian prisoners who have completed their sentence after committing for miscellaneous offences. The Indian note verbale had reportedly said "The Ministry conveys its deep concern over the long pending release and repatriation of Indian civilian prisoners and fishermen with their boats held under Pakistan custody despite completion of sentence and nationality confirmation,".

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Apart from seeking the release of 385 fishermen, India had also sought consular access for 10 other prisoners, including former naval commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan. It is counted as great achievement of Indian Government after raised tension between both the countries, even then decision came made a positive hope toward all others prisoners.

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