May 062013

Pakistan calls release of prisoners

Pakistan called for release of 47 Pakistani prisoners held in Indian jails charging that some of them have remained behind iron bars after completion of their prison terms. The letter was written after an attack on a Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah, in an Indian jail in which he suffered severe injuries. He was taken to hospital and his condition was described as critical.

Pakistan’s envoy to India, Salman Bashir, said in a letter to Indian Foreign Secretary, “fourty-seven Pakistani prisoners in various prisons have completed their sentence and they should be released immediately”.

The spokesman for Pakistan High Commission in India, Manzoor Ali Memon, told media that Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Abdul Rehman Nizamani has handed over the letter to top officials at Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Pakistan demanded “best health facilities for the injured prisoner.” It has also demanded a thorough investigation into circumstances of the attack and called for strict punishment against the perpetrators.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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