New Delhi, June 12, 2017: Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif exchanged pleasantries at the SCO Summit in Astana, India will on Monday release 11 Pakistani civil prisoners in a “goodwill gesture” via Wagah Border.
According to reports, Pakistan had sought the release of these prisoners as they had all completed their sentence. The move by India comes at a time when the two countries are fighting a legal battle at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav ordered.
On June 9, on the sidelines of SCO summit in Kazakhstan, PM Modi had met Sharif where the two leaders exchanged pleasantries amid frosty bilateral ties, deadlocked talks and escalation of hostilities along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
Last week, India had released two kids – Ali Raza and Babar – who had accidentally crossed the international border in Punjub along with their uncle Mohammed Shahzad who continues to be in India’s custody.
The kids were to be released in April but Indian authorities had put it on hold after Pakistan announced the death sentence to Jadhav.
Over the issue of releasing the 11 Pakistani prisoners, the report cited Indian officials saying that it was a humanitarian issue and should not be linked with further downturn in ties over Jadhav.