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India repatriates 39 Pakistani prisoners

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Apr 11, IRNA -- In a goodwill gesture, India on Monday released 39 Pakistani nationals, including two women, from different jails across the country and repatriated them to Pakistan through the land route of Indo-Pak Attari border at Amritsar.

Most of the released prisoners were arrested after they inadvertently entered India and few of them were held for over stay in the country after expiry of visa term, pti reported quoting an official as said.

Of the 39 prisoners who were sent home, 13 were released from Amritsar jail, 14 from Jammu jail, three from Madhya Pradesh jail, two each from Delhi, Rajasthan, Banaras and Gujarat prisons and one from Sangroor jail in Punjab.

Meanwhile, according to the joint-statement issued after the two days of parleys between India and Pakistan Home Secretaries last month in New Delhi, they agreed that both sides would release by April 15, 2011 those civilian prisoners or fishermen who have completed their sentence, whose nationality status has been confirmed by the respective Governments and whose travel documents have been received. Complete list of prisoners in each others’ custody will be exchanged by both sides on July 1, 2011.

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