Pakistan hands over list of 457 prisoners to India

Pakistan hands over list of 457 prisoners to India

Pakistan has handed over a list of four hundred and fifty seven Indian prisoners including fifty eight civilians and three hundred and ninety nine fishermen to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Foreign Office said the step in line with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed in May 2008.

Under the accord, both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other's custody twice a year, on 1st of January and 1st of July.

Pakistan will release one hundred and forty six fishermen on Monday next.  

The Indian Government will also hand over the list of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. 

In another statement, the spokesperson said that Pakistan strongly condemns a terrorist attacks in Afghan city of Jalalabad and northern province of Balkh.  

He expressed grief at the loss of precious lives and heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations and reaffirms its firm commitment for continued efforts and cooperation for elimination of this menace.

He expressed solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism. He said we believe that concerted efforts by states, and close cooperation among them, are needed for eliminating the common challenge of terrorism.