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India, Pak to crack down on terrorists, criminals
July 04, 2007 13:48 IST
India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed that 'effective and sustained' measures would be taken to combat terrorism and fugitives.
The 12-point joint statement said that both sides welcomed the release of prisoners and fishermen by each other on the eve of the talks as a 'gesture of goodwill and on humane considerations.'
The statement said the two sides agreed that prisoners, who have been granted consular access, whose national status has been verified and who have completed their prison sentences, would be released by August 14-15.
Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14, a day ahead of India.
It was agreed that immediate steps would be taken by either side to reconcile their numbers to facilitate their early release on completion of necessary formalities.
Both sides agreed that the recently formed committee on prisoners, comprising eminent retired judges from the two countries, is a useful instrument to facilitate release and repatriation of prisoners who have served their prison sentences.
It was decided that action would be initiated to hold two meetings -- one in India and the other in Pakistan -- within a period of three months by which time the necessary reconciliation of numbers of prisoners on both sides would have been completed.