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India, Pak to revive joint judicial panel on prisoners, fishermen

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has responded positively to India's proposal to revive a mechanism of a joint judicial panel which looks into humanitarian issues of fishermen and prisoners in each other's custody, the said today.

It said in October had suggested to the High Commissioner to revive the mechanism.

"responded positively to the same on March 7," it said adding has also sought dates from Pakistan for organising the visit of the committee.

The ministry said names of members of the reconstituted committee from the Indian side were today communicated to Pakistan.

The committee was first formed in 2007.

It consists of retired judges of the higher judiciary who visit and meet prisoners in each other's jails and propose steps to ensure humane treatment and expedite release of prisoners and fishermen who have completed their prison terms.

The committee met seven times. The last meeting was hosted by in October 2013.

The reconstituted committee include former of Delhi High Court Jaspal Singh, former of Gujarat High Court Harshvadan B Antani and former Rajasthan High Court Another former has also been nominated to the committee.

The move comes amid continuous strain in ties between the two countries over a host of issues including cross border terrorism in

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:20 IST