Nearly 8,000 Pakistanis languishing in foreign jails

Published September 13, 2013
Released Pakistani prisoners look out of a bus as they cross over to Pakistan at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post. — Photo by AFP/File
Released Pakistani prisoners look out of a bus as they cross over to Pakistan at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministry of Pakistan Friday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control that around 7,912 Pakistani nationals are imprisoned in different foreign countries.

The committee directed the ministry to provide legal assistance to the Pakistani prisoners according to the law of land.

Statistics presented by the foreign ministry suggest, 346 Pakistanis are imprisoned in different Afghanistan jails in offence of terrorism activities, Talibanisation, fake currency, murder, theft, fake NIC, drugs, rape and illegal stay.

In Saudia Arabia, 1,920 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, theft and rape.

Around 274 Pakistani prisoners are detained in different jails of Australia and Austria and information is not provided to the both mission by the host governments due to privacy of laws.

In Azerbaijan and Bahrain 64 Pakistani prisoners are in different jails in offence of drug trafficking, fake currency, fraud and murder.

The committee was informed that Bangladesh and Iran have 252 Pakistani prisoners in jails in offence of violation of immigration laws, overstay, border crossing and miscellaneous cases.

In Belgium eight Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, forgery and miscellaneous cases while in Canada 17 Pakistani prisoners are detained and the exact information about prisoners and charges is not provided by the host government due to privacy of laws.

According to documents, 206 Pakistani prisoners are in China's jails and facing charges of drug smuggling, robbery, murder, fraud and illegal business and in Cambodia one Pakistani is in jail in offence of drug trafficking.

In Denmark and France, 95 Pakistani are in jails and the exact information about prisoners and charges is not provided by the host governments due to privacy laws.

In Germany 16 Pakistani are in jails in offence of forged documents, sexual assault and guardianship and in Greece 70 Pakistani are in jails with offence illegal immigrant.

386 Pakistani are in India jails in offence of violation of immigration of laws, overstay, border crossing and in Indonesia, five Pakistanis are imprisoned in offence of drug trafficking.

In Iraq 87 Pakistani prisoners in jails with offence of forged documents, illegal eatery and drug matter.

In Ireland and Italy, 129 Pakistanis are in jails in offence of murder, rapes, drug smuggling, and violation and immigration laws. In Japan, Kenya, Jordan and South Korea 23 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence sexual violence, assault, murder and rape. In Kuwait, 265 Pakistanis are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, adultery, theft, illegal immigration and forgery and in Lebanon four Pakistanis are in jails in offence of murder, forgery and illegal stay.

In Malaysia 225 Pakistanis are in prisons in offence of drug trafficking, theft, murder and forgery.

In Maldives, Morocco and Nepal, 38 Pakistanis are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, theft, forgery and fake currency.

In Oman, 629 Pakistanis are prisoners in offence of murder, drug trafficking, illegal eatery, robbery, forgery, violation of labour and residence laws.

In Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa and Russia, 68 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of murder, drug trafficking, theft, rape, illegal stay, forgery and others.

In Spain, 146 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of sexual assault, financial fraud, theft violation of foreign citizen law , drug trafficking and murder and in Sri Lanka, 56 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of drug trafficking, fake currency and forgery.

In Switzerland, Singapore, Tajikistan and Thailand, 75 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of murder, fake currency, drug trafficking and forgery.

In Turkey, 60 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of illegal eatery and on the other side 335 Pakistani prisoners are in United Kingdom jails in offence of violence, sexual offence, theft, fraud, rape and murder.

In United States, 102 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of immigration violation, sexual assault, murder, overstay, illegal eatery, fraud, theft and marriage fraud.

In Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen, 19 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of murder, drug trafficking, violation of regulations of trade and illegal stay.

In UAE (Abu Dhabi), 1,800 Pakistani prisoners are in jails in offence of illegal stay, drug trafficking, forgery, fraud, theft and traffic violation.

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