Media reports on Tuesday stated that the New Delhi has proposed on the humanitarian ground, the exchange of prisoners between Indian and Pakistan of certain languishing categories to reduce the stress in the relations of India and Pakistan.
The local news channel, Dawn News, specifically quoting the official documents of foreign office and home ministry stated that the Pakistani High Commissioner has received a proposal from India’s Ministry of External Affairs to release the prisoners of both the countries with an accelerated process. The criteria for the release the prisoners would be mentally disabled, above 70 years of age, speech or hearing impaired prisoners but only females. The local news channel further stated that on December 26, the meeting held in Bangkok between Pakistan and the Nation Security Adviser (NSAs) of India had agreed upon to initiate necessary steps for the release of disabled, elderly female prisoners on the grounds of humanitarian, as per the official documents.
The report further stressed that to revive the inactive Pakistan-Indian Joint Judicial Committee on Prisoners since 2013 is agreed by the NSAs. On an emergency basis, a detailed report of the prisoners who are above 70 years of age and disabilities will be listed and submitted as agreed by the officials of both the countries in the meetings. For reviewing the eligibility for such prisoners to get a release, the doctors will fly to both the countries while examining the health condition of the listed prisoners.
The official documents further stated that the Islamabad and New Delhi officials are exchanging proposals to reinforce the long inactive judicial committee for both the prisoners of both the countries. Prior to drafting the list of prisoners, officials from the Home Ministry of both the countries are in contact to approve the bilateral visits.
Nearly 40 Pakistani prisoners serving jail term in India are eligible for the proposed criteria and to get the release, as per the Interior Ministry. The proposals are currently being reviewed at the Interior Ministry level for smooth operations.