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Pakistan’s foreign office has on Friday said that Pakistan has decided that it will be releasing 360 Indian prisoners this month, as both India and Pakistan have reached a balanced stage since Pulwama terror attack on February 14.

The spokesperson for the Pakistan foreign office, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters, “Pakistan has decided that 360 Indian prisoners – having a breakup of 355 fishermen and five civilians, who have completed their term of sentence, will be released,” according to Reuters news reports.

Tensions between both countries has been running high since a suicide bombing attack on Indian paramilitary last month – Pulwama terror attack – which claimed the lives of 44 CRPF personnel. Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit chief Masood Azhar has claimed the responsibility of the terror attack.

After the attack, India launched an aerial strike on JeM terror camps in Balakot, following which Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force engaged in an aerial clash, during which PAF shot down IAF wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, but, after, released him.

India claimed its fighter jet has shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet during clash, over which the US investigation is going on.

According to the lists exchanged by both sides in January, there are 347 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, 249 of whom are what the spokesman described as civilians and 98 fishermen.

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