India releases 37 Pakistani prisoners

ISLAMABAD: India on Friday 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, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed that 151 Indian prisoners, 1 civil and 150 fishermen be released, said a statement of the FO.

Pakistan has always held that the issue of prisoners in the respective countries is a humanitarian one and should be taken in that spirit.