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Pakistan appeals India to release prisoners from jails

October 27, 2013
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.