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India gives four names to Pak
Rajeev Sharma/Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8
India today conveyed to Pakistan names of four retired high court judges for an Indo-Pak committee on prisoners — a humanitarian confidence building measure (CBM) that is expected to go a long way in ameliorating the lot of hundreds of civilian prisoners languishing in jails of the two countries.

The names are: Justice K.R. Vyas (former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court), Justice Amarjit Choudhary, Justice A.S. Gill (former judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court) and Justice M.A. Khan (former judge of the Delhi High Court).

During external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Islamabad on January 13 and 14, India and Pakistan had agreed to establish a committee on prisoners comprising retired judges of the superior judiciary to propose steps to ensure humane treatment and expedite release of prisoners who have completed their prison term.

Pakistan recently conveyed to India names of its four retired high court judges for the committee.

Pakistan has been going ballistic on the prisoners’ issue. Pakistan’s minister of state for information and broadcasting Tariq Azim, who visited India last month, alleged that a majority of Pakistani prisoners released by India were tortured and had lost their mental balance.

India has dismissed the charge in the past and has accused Pakistan of meting out inhuman treatment to Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails.

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