India to release 11 Pakistan prisoners today in ‘goodwill gesture’


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In what can be called as a 'goodwill gesture', India will on Monday release 11 prisoners, days after PM Narendra Modi's casual meeting with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Astana on the sideline of the SCO summit.

The move comes at a time when the two nations are fighting a legal battle at the International Court of Justice over the death sentence of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

According to reports, Pakistan had sought the release of these prisoners as they had all served their sentence.

This is the first such gesture from Indian authorities since Kulbhushan Jadhav was served death sentence by a Pakistan military court in April this year.

Last week, India had released two children, Ali Reza, 11, and Babar,10, who claimed they had accidentally crossed the international border in Punjab along with their uncle Mohammed Shahzad who is still in India’s custody.

According to reports, there are 132 Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails, out of which 57 have already served their jail term. Pakistan says India has to confirm their nationality before it releases them.

(With inputs from agencies)

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