Pakistan has acknowledged that 270 Indian fishermen and 49 civilian prisoners, who are either Indian or believed to be Indian, are in its custody. At the same time, there are 77 Pakistan fishermen and 263 Pakistan civilian prisoners in India’s custody, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, in a written response, said that as per the India-Pakistan “Agreement on Consular Access” signed on May 21, 2008, lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen lodged in the jails of each country are exchanged annually on January 1 and July 1.

“According to the lists exchanged on January 1, 2021, there were 77 Pakistan fishermen and 263 Pakistan civilian prisoners in India’s custody. Pakistan has acknowledged that 270 fishermen and 49 civilian prisoners, who are Indian or believed to be Indian, are in their jails,” he said.

“In addition, there is the issue of 83 missing Indian defence personnel, whose custody has not been acknowledged by Pakistan so far,” the official reply further read.