India refuses to release Pakistani prisoners despite completion of sentence

India refuses to release Pakistani prisoners despite completion of sentence

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NEW DELHI: India said today it would not release about a dozen Pakistani prisoners, who were to be repatriated on Wednesday, hours after Pakistan sentenced Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Yadav to death for espionage and sabotage activities.

The Indian government feels that it is not the right time for the release of Pakistani prisoners, according to local media.

The prisoners were to be released as part of the practice by India and Pakistan to repatriate nationals lodged in each other’s jail after they complete their sentence.

The death sentence to Yadav, 46, was confirmed by Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa after the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) found him guilty of “all the charges”, said the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in Rawalpindi.

India Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and issued a strongly-worded demarche.

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