Amid the tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, India and Pakistan, Pakistan has decided to release 360 Indian prisoners. As a goodwill gesture, Pakistan will release 355 Indian fishermen and 5 civilians, during the April month.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said, “The prisoners will be released in four batches, scheduled as 100 each on April 8, 15 and 29 while 60 prisoners, including 55 fishermen and five civilians, will be freed on April 29.”
Adding, “The decision has been taken for 360 out of the total of 537 Indian prisoners, who had completed their sentence. Pakistan expects India will respond to the gesture by releasing 347 Pakistani prisoners, including 249 civilians and 98 fishermen, currently languishing in Indian jails.”
A question was asked regarding the Special Envoy of US State Secretary Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad asking Pakistan to do more on Afghanistan issues, the spokesperson responded by saying, “Pakistan will take every decision in its national interests.”
Ambassador Khalilzad met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad and updated him regarding the current Doha talks on Afghan reconciliation.
The spokesperson said that there is no update on the possibility of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was disappointed over India’s decision on postponing the Kartarpur meeting that was due to be held on 2nd April.
He said, “Pakistan is committed to the opening of the corridor as per the commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan with the Sikh community.”