Pakistan’s top court wants prisoners in Sri Lanka repatriated

Pakistan’s top court has directed authorities to expedite efforts in the repatriation of Pakistanis imprisoned in Thailand and Sri Lanka, Express News reported.

During the hearing of a case pertaining to jailed citizens in Thailand and Sri Lanka, the additional attorney general said the Government was negotiating for the repatriation of the prisoners. He said Thailand had asked US35,000 to return 19 imprisoned Pakistanis.

Observing that the prisoners were facing immense difficulty, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar directed the government to arrange the required amount.

The court adjourned hearing for a month.

In 2013, the government had paid Rs16 million for the release of approximately 271 Pakistanis – who were jailed despite completing their sentences due to non-payment of fines.

The Foreign Office had stated that 77 prisoners in Dubai were freed between May and June 2013 after payment of approximately Rs8.8 million.

Additionally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had paid more than Rs1.3 million for one-way air tickets of 32 destitute Pakistanis for their repatriation from Kuala Lumpur in April, 2013.

One Pakistani prisoner in China, who had completed his 5-year sentence in May, 2013 for travelling on fake documents was released after the payment of fine of Rs1.6 million from the government exchequer.

Another Pakistani languishing in a prison in Nepal for carrying fake Indian currency, was freed in June 2013 after the government paid his fine equivalent to Rs461,386. (Colombo Gazette)

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