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India releases 9 Pakistani prisoners


ISLAMABAD: As a goodwill gesture, India on Friday released nine Pakistani prisoners, including four civilian prisoners and five fishermen. 
Earlier, India released 37 Pakistani prisoners (five civilian and 32 fishermen) on May 30. According to Pakistan’s Foreign Office, currently, 477 Pakistani prisoners (346 civil and 131 fishermen) still remain lodged in Indian jails. Out of these, 22 civil prisoners have completed their sentence and await repatriation. On May 26, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed that 151 Indian prisoners (one civil and 150 fishermen) be released. Presently, 296 Indian nationals are detained in Pakistan, which include 47 civil and 249 fishermen. “Pakistan has always held that the issue of prisoners in our respective countries is a humanitarian one and should be taken in that spirit. It is our hope that the government of India would release all Pakistani prisoners who have completed their sentences,” the FO said on Friday. 

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