Pakistan, India exchange lists of prisoners

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan and India on Thursday exchanged the lists of their nationals in each other’s jails.
Pakistan shared with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad a list of 609 Indian prisoners including 51 civilians and 558 fishermen.
Similarly, the government of India simultaneously shared the list of 345 Pakistani prisoners in India including 271 civilians and 74 fishermen with the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.
The step is consistent with the clause (i) of the Agreement on Consular Access between Pakistan and India, signed on 21st May 2008, under which both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 1st January and 1st July, respectively. Pakistan and India on Thursday exchanged the lists of their nationals in each other’s jails.
Pakistan shared with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad a list of 609 Indian prisoners including 51 civilians and 558 fishermen.
Similarly, the government of India simultaneously shared the list of 345 Pakistani prisoners in India including 271 civilians and 74 fishermen with the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi.
The step is consistent with the clause (i) of the Agreement on Consular Access between Pakistan and India, signed on 21st May 2008, under which both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 1st January and 1st July, respectively.
While on the other hand, President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday said Pakistan and Azerbaijan could further enhance bilateral and economic cooperation by taking concrete measures including exchange of trade delegations.
Talking to the outgoing Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada who paid a farewell call on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said Pakistan highly valued its ties with Azerbaijan which are based on strong historic, cultural and religious bonds.
The President said the two countries enjoyed excellent cooperation at various international fora which needed to be further expanded in the areas of trade, economy and culture for the mutual benefit of the two sides.
He congratulated the Ambassador on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia.
The President also appreciated Azerbaijan’s support to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Global Initiative on Debt Relief and the charity work of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Pakistan, under the patronage of First Lady of Azerbaijan.
Ali Alizada emphasized on the need to increase cooperation in the areas of trade, tourism and promote people-to-people contacts so as to bring the two brotherly countries further closer.
The President lauded the contribution of the outgoing Ambassador towards cementing bilateral relations.

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