ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan will act upon humanitarian proposals as suggested by India as part of humanitarian gesture with an aim to lessen the tension at the borders and initiate comprehensive dialogue between the two Countries.
“The Foreign Minister (Khawaja Asif), after consulting with all the stakeholders, has approved the following humanitarian proposals, which had been received from the Indian side, regarding the civilian prisoners incarcerated in both the countries,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Wednesday.
- Exchange of three categories of prisoners, women, mentally challenged or with special needs and those above 70 years of age.
- 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.
Additionally, the foreign minister has also extended two more following humanitarian proposals:
a) Exchange of prisoners above 60 years of age.
b) Exchange of child prisoners, below 18 years of age.
The statement further said that the foreign minister expressed the hope that India would positively reciprocate Pakistan’s proposals, in the spirit that they have been made.
The foreign 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) and the Working Boundary.