Pakistan and India have exchanged list of prisoners under an Agreement on Consular Access signed between Pakistan and India on May 21, 2008.
“Consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over a list of 403 Indian prisoners, including 48 civilians and 355 fishermen, in Pakistan to the High Commission of India in Islamabad,” FO spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said.
The spokesman said a similar list of 278 Pakistani prisoners, including 251 civilians 27 fishermen lodged in Indian jails was also handed over to the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.
Both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1 and July 1, respectively.
The Agreement on Consular Access (2008) makes a provision that an arrest detention or imprisonment of a person of the other country shall be notified to the respective high commission.