New Delhi: There are 793 Indians in Pakistani
jails, out of which 582 are fishermen.
Of the remaining 211, who are all civilians, India has so
far been given consular access to 33 prisoners only, External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna said, adding "it is believed that
there are 178 other Indian nationals in Pakistani jails, who
have not been provided consular access."
Release of Indian prisoners from Pakistani jails has been
one of the priorities of the government and it has been
consistently taking up the issue with Pakistan at all
appropriate levels, Krishna said while replying to a question
in Rajya Sabha.
An India-Pak Judicial Committee on Prisoners consisting
of four retired judges from each side has been set up to
recommend steps from humane treatment and expeditious release
of prisoners of the respective countries in each other`s
jails, the minister said.
The committee has so far had three meetings.