India has released seven Pakistani prisoners today(22nd August 2017) but has also stressed the need to address all humanitarian issues, including early and full consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and Hamid Nehal Ansari, who are in Pakistan’s custody and has never been allowed to meet anyone despite repeated please including pardon requests petitioned to the President of Pakistan.
Seven Pakistani prisoners, who have completed their sentence and whose nationality has been confirmed by Pakistani authorities, were repatriated to Pakistan via Attari/Wagah, the ministry said. Only a couple of days back, a Pakistani prisoner who was lodged in Warangal jail was released.
“The government of India attaches highest importance to addressing all humanitarian matters, including early and full consular access to all Indian nationals in Pakistans custody, including Jadhav and Ansari and secure their early release and repatriation,” the statement said.
The external affairs ministry in a statement said that release of 300 Indian prisoners, including 295 fishermen, has been secured during 2017 so far which comes at the time when India has moved the International Court of Justice against the death sentence given to Jadhav by a Pakistani army court. The court has stayed the execution pending a final verdict by it. Though Jadhav is claimed to have been arrested in the Balochistan area of Pakistan, the Indian Government argued that its former naval officer was arrested in Iran since he had business interests over there.