NSAs of India, Pakistan secretly met in Thailand

Pakistan will release 146 fishermen on January 8

India is waiting for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and a few other Indians in Pakistani custody, the foreign ministry said on Monday as New Delhi and Islamabad exchanged lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen lodged in each other's jails.

New Delhi handed over to Islamabad the list of 250 civilian prisoners and 94 fishermen - all citizens of Pakistan - lodged in the jails of India.

Meanwhile, India could also lose out on hosting the Asia Cup, which was postponed from June to September 2018 as the Indian government is unsure about hosting Pakistan cricketers in the country.

Amid strained ties with Pakistan, the government has also ruled out a bilateral cricket series.

The National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan have held a "secret" meeting in Thailand, a senior Pakistani official said today. Pakistan had also freed a group of 78 Indian fishermen in July past year.

Pakistan and India routinely arrest fishermen who cross water boundaries for illegal fishing, but the two bitter neighbors have not yet reached an agreement on maritime boundaries.

The Agreement, which was signed on December 31, 1988, entered into force on January 27, 1991.

The exchange of lists of prisoners comes just days after former Indian naval officer Mr Jadhav was allowed to meet his mother and wife on December 25 in Islamabad. He was awarded death sentence by a military court on April 10 this year for reportedly working for India's external intelligence agency, Research and Analytical Wing or RAW, and being involved with espionage and sabotage in Pakistan.

The agreement states that both countries will release the names of the prisoners twice a year (January 1st and July 1st).

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