NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India have escalated the return of each others prisoners in order to mend the bilateral ties.
India on Wednesday released 39 Pakistani prisoners as a goodwill gesture, Indian media reported.
Responding to Islamabad's peace overtures, the Indian government released 39 Pakistani nationals who were currently languishing in Indian jails.
The prisoners were handed over to Pakistani officials at Wagah Border. The Indian Border Security Force handed over the prisoners to personnel from the Pakistan Rangers.
These included 21 prisoners who have served out their sentence in India and 18 fishermen.
Pakistan had also released 217 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture two months back.
Pakistan had also handed over an Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, who had crossed the border to Indian authorities at the Wagah border on January 21.