74 missing defence personnel in Pakistan's custody: Indian govt

He also said there are 'at present 208 individuals, 61 civil prisoners and 147 fishermen, who are Indian or believed to be Indian are in Pakistani jails'. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 09, 2017, 04.36 PM (IST)

The government, today, has said that 74 missing defence personnel (MDP) are believed to be in Pakistan's custody but their presence hasn't been acknowledged by the country.  

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, the minister of state for external affairs said, "As per available information, there are 74 MDP that are believed to be in Pakistan's custody but whose presence has not been acknowledged so far by Pakistan."

"A committee of kin of MDP visited jails in Pakistan in 2007 but could not find evidence of their presence. However, the government continues to raise this matter with the government there," the minister added.

He said that the government has raised the matter with the Pakistan government on numerous occasions, including at high levels.

He also said there are "at present 208 individuals -- 61 civil prisoners and 147 fishermen -- who are Indian or believed to be Indian are in Pakistani jails".

(WION with inputs from PTI)