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Pak, India agree on proposal to release each other’s disabled prisoners

Pakistan and India have agreed on a proposal to release prisoners of certain categories held in each other’s jails on humanitarian grounds, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.
The proposal, which was approved by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif after consultation with “all the stakeholders”, was extended by India for the release of imprisoned citizens that fall into the following three categories:
Female prisoners
Prisoners over 70 years of age
Mentally challenged or persons with special needs
The foreign minister also greenlighted the revival of the mechanism of Pakistan-India Joint Judicial Committee on Prisoners, which has been inactive since October 2013.
Under the approved plan, both countries will allow medical experts from the other to travel to their country to examine the mentally challenged prisoners in order to ascertain their eligibility for release.