ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has released 1,801 Indian prisoners included 74 civil and 1727 fishermen during the last five years, following the successful negotiations.
Around 100 Indian prisoners were released in the year 2009, 474 in 2010, 118 in 2011, 706 in 2012, and 403 in 2013, said an official of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Talking to APP on Monday, he said on the other side India has released 725 Pakistani prisoners from 2009 to 2013 including four in 2009, 293 in 2010, 231 in 2011, 131 in 2012 and 66 in 2013.
Replying to a question, he said under various agreements, 72 Pakistani prisoners (42 from Sri Lanka and 32 from Thailand) have been transferred back to Pakistan.
Moreover, six prisoners including five from Seychelles and one from China have been repatriated to Pakistan as a goodwill gesture by respective governments, he added.
Replying to another question, he said the government paid Rs. 3,777,488 in 2013 for securing the release of four Pakistanis incarcerated in Saudi Arabia.