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Prime Minister decides release of 51 Indian Fishermen as gesture of good will

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Islamabad, May 17, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has decided to release 51 Indian fishermen on humanitarian grounds as a gesture of good will. These prisoners have already served their sentences.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting attended by Federal Minister for Law, Ahmer Bilal Sufi, Chief Minister Sindh Justice (R) Zahid Qurban Alvi and senior officials of the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Law and Justice and PM’s Secretariat.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the Indian Government will reciprocate the gesture and release the Pakistani prisoners incarcerated in Indian jails.

The Prime Minister was informed that presently 482 Indian prisoners were in Pakistani jails whereas 496 Pakistanis were in Indian jails. He was further informed that the government of Pakistan was awaiting the confirmation of national status of other Indian prisoners.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to initiate dialogue with India for the release of Pakistani prisoners and return of Indian prisoners.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326


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