A policeman stands guard at the central jail in Amritsar city in Punjab, India. — File Photo
A policeman stands guard at the central jail in Amritsar city in Punjab, India. — File Photo

AMRITSAR: A Pakistan judicial commission, comprising of two members, met prisoners of their country languishing in a prison in India's northern Amritsar city on Saturday, while appealing that those who have completed their sentence be repatriated, DawnNews reported.

An Indian official also joined the two members of the Pakistan delegation as they met 57 Pakistani prisoners at the central jail in Amritsar city of northern Punjab state.

After meeting the prisoners, Justice (retd) Mian Mohammad Ajmal spoke to the media and appealed that those who had completed their sentence should immediately be sent back home, as keeping them in prison is illegal detention.

"We came here to check the condition of the Pakistani prisoners in this jail," he said. "We have also requested that those prisoners who have completed their sentence and time in prison should be immediately repatriated. Also, those convicts who are still serving time in the prison would only be repatriated after their sentence is over."

Last month, India released a group of Pakistan prisoners languishing in Indian jail for trespassing into the country's soil.

Earlier in August, Pakistan released 382 Indian prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

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Oct 27, 2013 02:27pm

No one should remain in prison a moment more than his/her sentence. And, as a goodwill gesture, both Pakistan and India should release all prisoners not wanted for violent crimes allowing them to serve out their remaining sentence in their own countries. The tragedy that unfolds for the families of those incarcerated in a foreign land is well known.

Oct 27, 2013 10:00pm

Yes, if they have served their prison time they must be deported. They should not be made pawn in the hands of governements

Oct 27, 2013 10:59pm

Only the weaker side adheres to laws. India showing us it is not the weaker side?

Oct 28, 2013 06:12am

NAWAZ league is totally handicapped when it comes to negotiation on international platform. Only three days ago they released 30 Indian fishermen unconditionally without any reciprocal promise from India. Why did not they conditioned their release with Pak persons?