Over 1400 Indians, including 54 Prisoners of War, are lodged in various jails in Pakistan, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
"As per information, 54 Indian PoWs are presently believed to be in Pakistan's custody since 1971-72," Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said in reply to a written question.
Government, through diplomatic channels, have been consistently taking up the matter with Pakistan, he said adding however, Pakistan has never acknowledged the presence of these Indian PoWs in their custody.
Singh said as per information, 938 Indian civilian prisoners, 412 fishemen were also believed to be in custody in Pakistan.
Since August one, 2002, India has released 35 Pakistani civilian prisoners and 93 fishermen, he said adding during the same period Pakistan had released 38 Indian civilian prisoners, two missing defence personnel and 623 Indian fishermen.
About 100 Pakistani nationals were facing trial in various courts in India, the Minister said adding, they can be released after completion of due procedure.