Pakistan hands over list of 261 Indian prisoners to New Delhi while India offers talks on Kartarpur Corridor

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Moving ahead from February’s Indo-Pak standoff, India has proposed July 11-July 14 to Pakistan to hold a fresh round of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor while Pakistan on Monday handed over a list of 261 Indian prisoners which included 52 civil and 209 fishermen incarcerated in Pakistan Jails to the High Commission of India in Islamabad, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.

It is pertinent to mention that India has proposed a meeting with Pakistan in the second week of July to finalise modalities and infrastructure requirements to open the Kartarpur Corridor, state-run broadcaster — All India Radio (AIR) said on Sunday evening.

“India has proposed July 11-July 14 to Pakistan to hold a fresh round of talks on the Kartarpur Corridor,” the broadcaster said. Quoting its sources in foreign ministry, the broadcaster said it shows India’s commitment to the corridor.

The first meeting to finalise the modalities for the corridor took place on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on March 14. Officials said technical experts of the two countries met on March 19 during which alignment, coordinates and several other engineering aspects of the proposed corridor were discusse

On the other hand, in a statement, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said that this step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India signed on May 21, 2008 under which both the neighboring Countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on January 1 and July 1, respectively.

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The Indian government will also share the list of Pakistani prisoners with Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.