As a confidence building measure (CBM) on the eve of crucial Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers-level talks to be held in New Delhi, India repatriated as many as 91 Pakistani prisoners, including 87 fishermen, on Tuesday.
According to a Press Trust of India (PTI) report, all the prisoners crossed the Amritsar-Wagah international border on the “Emergency Travel Certificate” issued by the Pakistan High Commission.
India’s External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar would hold crucial talks tomorrow to carry forward the Bilateral Peace Process. Hina arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The 87 fishermen were arrested for illegally entering India’s territorial waters, and released from a jail in western Indian state Gujarat, as one was freed from a prison in northern state Haryana, and two were from the central jail of Amritsar city in northern state Punjab.
Two prisoners released from the Amritsar jail were arrested for crossing international border without valid documents. The Pakistani nationals released today spent one to five years in Indian jails.