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Pakistan approves India’s proposal on exchange of civilian prisoners

Islamabad The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has approved India's proposals on the exchange of civilian prisoners incarcerated in both countries.

"The foreign minister, after consulting with all the stakeholders, has approved the humanitarian proposals, which had been received from the Indian side, regarding the exchange of civilian prisoners incarcerated in both countries," a Pak Foreign Ministry statement noted.

It added that the Indian proposals include the exchange of three prisoner categories: women, those who are mentally challenged or with special needs and those above 70 years of age. This is in addition to the revival of the judicial committee mechanism, facilitating the visit of medical experts from both sides to meet and examine the mentally challenged prisoners for their repatriation.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has also submitted two humanitarian proposals on the exchange of prisoners above 60 years of age and children under 18 years of age. He expressed the hope that India would favorably respond to Pakistan's proposals, in the spirit that they have been made, according to the statement.

The minister also stated that it was his desire that through such initiatives, Pakistan and India would embark on the road to a comprehensive dialogue, and make a conscious effort to de-escalate the extremely vitiated current environment and the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) that marks where the region of Kashmir is divided.

Source: International Islamic News Agency