NEW DELHI: India repatriated six Pakistani prisoners through the Attari- Wagah border today, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
In October 2017, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had suggested to the Pakistan high commissioner that the two sides could progress on humanitarian issues related to elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners.
Then in March this year, India and Pakistan had agreed to release and repatriate women prisoners and those who are over 70 years of age, besides resuming visits by the joint judicial committee.
"Six Pakistan prisoners were repatriated today via Attari-Wagah border. In addition, four Pakistan prisoners have already been released and repatriated in 2018, so far.
"India attaches high priority to address all humanitarian issues, including early release and repatriation of Indian fishermen and prisoners in Pakistan's custody," the MEA said.
India has secured the release of 147 Indian prisoners, including 146 fishermen, from Pakistan this year so far, the statement said.