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India to Pak: Speed up release of civilian prisoners, missing defence personnel

India on Thursday called on Pakistan to speedily release and repatriate civilian prisoners and missing defence personnel as the two countries completed the biannual formality of exchanging lists of prisoners in each other’s jails.

New Delhi handed over a list of 271 Pakistani civilian prisoners and 74 fishermen who are in India’s custody. At the same time, Pakistan shared a list of 51 civilian prisoners and 558 fishermen in its custody, who are “Indians or are believed-to-be Indians”, the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

The Indian side called for the “early release and repatriation of civilian prisoners, missing Indian defence personnel and fishermen along with their boats from Pakistan’s custody”.

Though the statement didn’t specify the number of missing defence personnel, the Indian side has said in the past that 54 Indian prisoners of war are believed to be in Pakistani jails.

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