New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has handed over six prisoners to Pakistani authorities in the presence of officials from the Pakistan High Commission. These prisoners, including women and children, have reached Pakistan through the Wagah border crossing. The six were lodged in various jails, transit camps and juvenile homes in India. Four other Pakistan prisoners were released and repatriated earlier this year.
The external affairs ministry has said that India, too, hopes for a reciprocal step by Pakistan soon.
"India attaches high priority to addressing all humanitarian issues, including early release and repatriation of Indian fishermen and prisoners in Pakistan's custody. The release of 147 Indian prisoners, including 146 fishermen, has been secured in 2018, so far," India's Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Six Pakistan prisoners, were repatriated today via Attari/Wagah border. In addition, four Pakistan prisoners have already been released and repatriated in 2018, so far.— India in Pakistan (@IndiainPakistan) June 19, 2018
The High Commission has also secured the release of Nasreen Akhtar, who was awarded ten years and six months in India, along with a hefty fine which was paid by Pakistan's High Commission six months ago.
Earlier this year, in January, the Indian government handed over a list of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen to Pakistan. At that time, Pakistan also shared a list of 58 civilian prisoners and 399 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed to be Indians.
Both countries had stopped bilateral talks at the ministerial level after a series of terrorist attacks on India's military bases in 2016.