Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday hailedthe goodwill gesture by India and Pakistan to release prisoners from their respectivejails and called for use of such measures as permanent feature of relationsbetween the two countries.
Thirteen Pakistani nationals, including four fishermen, wererepatriated to Pakistan on Tuesday through the Attari-Wagah border.
Last month, Pakistan released 55 Indian fishermen and fivecivilians as a "goodwill gesture".
"The mutual well-wishing (steps) in the month of holyRamadhan should be a permanent feature of the bilateral relations of the twocountries," Geelani said in a statement.
The separatist leader hoped that as important parties to theKashmir dispute, "India and Pakistan should use these gestures to releaseall the prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, languishing in Indianjails".
The Hurriyat leader reiterated his stand that Kashmir is"purely political and humanitarian problem" which is in dire need ofan early resolution for a prosperous South Asia.