Pakistan responds ‘positively’ to India’s proposal on prisoners, fishermen issues

17 May 2018, 08:36 PM
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj - File photo
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj - File photo

In a positive turn of event, Pakistan has responded positively to India's proposal to revive a mechanism of a joint judicial panel which looks into humanitarian issues of fishermen and prisoners in each other's custody, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had suggested to the Pakistan High Commissioner to revive the mechanism to which, "Pakistan responded positively on March 7," the ministry said.

India has also sought dates from Pakistan for organising the committee visit, the ministry said, adding that names of the reconstituted panel members from the Indian side were communicated to Pakistan on Thursday.

The committee, formed in 2007, consists of retired judges of the higher judiciary who visit and meet prisoners in each other's jails and propose steps to ensure humane treatment and expedite release of prisoners and fishermen who have completed their prison terms.

The committee met seven times. The last meeting was hosted by India in October 2013.

The reconstituted committee include former judge of Delhi High Court Jaspal Singh, former judge of Gujarat High Court Harshvadan B Antani and former Rajasthan High Court judge Deo Narayan Thanvi. Another former judge of Delhi High Court Indermeet Kaur Kochhar has also been nominated to the committee.

The move comes amid continuous strain in ties between the countries over a host of issues, including cross border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 08:25 PM
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