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India has today released 37 Pakistani prisoners (5 civil prisoners and 32 fishermen). 484 Pakistani prisoners (348 civil and 136 fishermen) still remain lodged in Indian jails. Out of these, 25 civil prisoners have completed their sentence and await repatriation.

On May 26, as a goodwill gesture, the Prime Minister had directed that 151 Indian prisoners (1 civil and 150 fishermen) be released.

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.

30 May 2014

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