India on Wednesday released 39 Pakistani prisoners including 18 fishermen, after Pakistan confirmed their nationality.
Announcing their release, the External Affairs Ministry said they are being repatriated to Pakistan via Attari/Wagah check-post.
The Government of India attaches the highest importance to addressing all humanitarian matters, including early release and repatriation of all eligible Pakistani civil prisoners and fishermen.
The release of Pakistani prisoners comes in response to Pakistan freeing 217 Indian fishermen as part of a "goodwill gesture" in December last.
Prisoners are only released after they meet three conditions – completion of sentence, no pending case, and confirmation of nationality, officials said.