28 Pakistani prisoners repatriated

November 14th, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Attari (Punjab), Nov 14 (IANS) Twenty-eight Pakistani prisoners, including women, were Friday sent back from India to their home country after they completed their prison terms in Indian jails.Out of these prisoners, 17 were from the Amritsar jail, eight were from prisons in Jammu and Kashmir, two from Rajasthan and one from Gujarat, border security officials said at this checkpost between India and Pakistan.

Two more prisoners from Delhi and Mumbai prisons did not reach here in time for being repatriated to Pakistan. “They would be released later,” officials said.

Family members of some of the released prisoners eagerly waited on the Wagah side of the joint border check post between India and Pakistan, 30 km from Amritsar.

The prisoners were arrested by security forces here on various charges like crossing the border illegally, smuggling fake currency and travelling on fake documents.

The prisoners were freed Friday after completion of necessary formalities by the Pakistani high commission in New Delhi.

“I am happy to be going back. I had to spend an extra year in prison despite my sentence coming to an end,” said middle-aged Pakistani woman Farzana, who was caught here five years ago in a fake currency case.

Some other prisoners being repatriated also rued that they had to spend extra time in prisons here despite their terms ending much earlier.

“The authorities also did not pay us the Rs.100 per day that was to be paid to us for every extra day that we spent in jails here following high court orders,” another Pakistani prisoner, Shiekh, complained.

Another prisoner, who was arrested by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir after an encounter with terrorists, said he was happy to be going back home after a 14-year prison term.

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