New Delhi [India], Jul 11 (ANI): Pakistan has now not recounted the presence of any lacking Indian defence employees or Prisoners of struggle (PoWs) in its custody thus far, in spite of regular efforts from India to ensure their release and repatriation from the neighbouring usa, the government said on Wednesday.
In a written respond in Lok Sabha to a query at the quantity of Indian PoWs during the Indo-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, the authorities stated that as in step with available records, round 83 missing Indian defence employees, which include PoWs, are believed to be in Pakistan's custody.
"except, as consistent with to be had information, there are 64 Indian and believed-to-be Indian civilian prisoners and 209 Indian and believed-to-be Indian fishermen in Pakistan's custody.
He additionally stated that the government has secured the discharge and repatriation of 2,one hundred ten Indian prisoners, which includes fishermen, from Pakistan's custody given that 2014.
"This consists of launch and repatriation of 362 Indian prisoners, together with fishermen, this 12 months, so far," the Union Minister stated.
In October 2017, the then external Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had suggested to the excessive Commissioner of Pakistan that the 2 facets ought to work to remedy humanitarian issues related to elderly, ladies and mentally unsound prisoners in every other's custody and keep in mind their early release and repatriation.
"It was, inter alia, proposed to restore the mechanism of Joint Judicial Committee and that a group of Indian medical examiners will be allowed to visit the mentally unsound prisoners as a way to facilitate their nationality verification and subsequent repatriation. Pakistan replied undoubtedly on March 7, 2018," Muraleedharan said.
He informed the residence that despite the fact that New Delhi has already shared the details of the medical experts' team and the re-constituted Joint Judicial Committee with Pakistan with the request to organise their visit, Islamabad has not responded to this point.
Replying to a query on MEA officers going through corruption expenses, Muraleedharan informed the house that 24 officials inside the ministry inclusive of its missions/posts overseas are currently going through disciplinary proceedings, which includes one body of workers on agreement on the nearby level.
"as the officers of the Ministry of external Affairs represent the united states of america abroad, the Ministry attaches utmost importance to probity and follows the coverage of zero tolerance towards instances concerning corruption and violation of behavior guidelines of the authorities," he said.
The minister said that investigations are carried on precedence and a suitable penalty is imposed if the costs are proved.
"Ministry additionally strictly enforces preventive vigilance with the aid of way of issuing and reiterating extant rules and recommendations, engaging in periodic inspections in missions/posts overseas and increasing complete cooperation to investigating groups as and whilst required," Muraleedharan stated. (ANI)