New Delhi: In an issue related to the Indians stuck in Pakistani prisons, even after completion of their sentences, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday was asked to answer the current status of the following queries:
* Whether several Indian citizens are still in Pakistani prisons even after the completion of their sentences; and if so, the details.
* Whether the government has taken any steps to bring them back to the country; if so what are the details.
Following these queries, the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs General VK Singh (retired) addressed the issue. He said, “As per the information with the government, 18 Indian fishermen are in Pakistani jail after completion of their sentences, and verification of their nationality.” The details of the prisoners are as follows:
In its explanation to the concerned issue the government said that it regularly takes up with the Pakistani authorities the issue of early release and repatriation of all Indian prisoners as well as providing them regular consular access. Government of India also, on a continuing basis, monitors the status of all Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails. An India-Pakistan judicial committee on prisoners comprising retired judges from the higher judiciary of both countries was constituted to look at humanitarian issues and ensure treatment and expedition in the release of prisoners, including fishermen, who have completed their prison terms.