Vadodara: Independent Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has demanded setting up of a joint panel consisting of retired Supreme Court Judges from India and Pakistan to facilitate early release of fishermen after their arrest by security agencies of both the countries.
"There are about 450 Indian fishermen languishing in Pakistani jails for the past couple of years. Also, it has been reported that around 490 Pakistani fishermen are lodged in Indian jails.
"In these circumstances, the top authorities of both the countries must work together to find a solution to this issue," he said while talking to a news agency here today.
"Setting up of a joint panel consisting of retired Supreme Court Judges of both the countries can help in expediting release of these fishermen," he said.
The panel can look into the cases of these fishermen and recommend to the competent authorities to free them or subject them to judicial trial, depending on the circumstances of their arrest, the Member of Parliament said.
If nothing objectionable or illegal material is found with the fishermen of either country, they can be freed after completion of formalities, he maintained.
Nathwani said such a mechanism already exists between India and Sri lanka. India should take up this issue with the newly elected Government of Pakistan, he added.