India notes Pakistan’s response to prisoners’ exchange proposal

New Delhi, March 8: Amid the deep chill in ties between India and Pakistan, a ray of hope appeared on Wednesday when New Delhi said it noted Pakistan’s positive response to a proposal on exchange of elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners in each other’s custody. In response to a query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India had noted that “Pakistan has responded positively” to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s “suggestion to work towards the release and repatriation of prisoners over 70 years of age and women prisoners who are in each other’s custody”. In October last year, Sushma Swaraj suggested that the two sides could progress on humanitarian issues related to elderly, women, children and mentally unsound prisoners when Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood called on her after freshly assuming office. Earlier on Wednesday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif approved the humanitarian proposals received from the India regarding the civilian prisoners incarcerated in both India and Pakistan. It said that Asif expressed the hope that India would positively reciprocate Pakistan’s proposals, in the spirit that they have been made. (IANS)