ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday reiterated the government’s commitment to fully implement the agreement signed between Pakistan and India to provide consular access to prisoners. In a meeting with the Pakistani members of Pak- India Judicial Committee on Prisoners, the Foreign Minister assured the judges that the government would extend full support to the committee.
The Foreign Minister commended the work done by the Judicial Committee, terming it a humanitarian issue that needed special attention. The committee members were informed that Pakistan took many steps to implement the recommendations of the Judicial Committee including release of 34 juvenile fishermen and one civil prisoner on August 15 – India’s Independence Day.
The others measures included provision of comprehensive list of all Indian prisoners to the Indian side, provision of consular access to all Indian fishermen in Pakistan, and special consideration, on compassionate and humanitarian basis, being accorded to women, juvenile and disabled prisoners for their repatriation.
The delegates comprised Justice ® Fazal Karim, Justice ® Mian Muhammad Ajmal, Justice ® Abdul Qadeer Chaudhry and Justice ® Nasir Aslam Zahid. Pakistan-India Judicial Committee on Prisoners, comprising eminent judges from both countries, was established in January last year.-SANA