01 July, New Delhi
India has again requested Pakistan to grant full and early consular access to its nationals lodged in Pakistan’s custody, including Hamid Nehal Ansari and Kulbhushan Jadav.
External Affairs Ministry said in a release that New Delhi has also requested again the early release and repatriation of Indian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats whose nationality has been confirmed by India. India and Pakistan today exchanged lists of nationals of each country lodged in the jails of the other country.
External Affairs Ministry said India remains committed to addressing on priority all humanitarian matters with Pakistan, including those pertaining to prisoners and fishermen. It said India is awaiting confirmation from Pakistan of nationality of those in India’s custody who are otherwise eligible for release and repatriation.
Pakistan and India exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1 and July 1, under the Consular Access Agreement between the two countries, signed on May 21, 2008.