India hands back bodies of two Pakistani nationals

June 13th, 2008 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  


Amritsar, June 13 (IANS) The bodies of two Pakistani nationals, who died in Indian jails, were Friday handed over by the Indian authorities to their Pakistani counterparts at the Attari-Wagah border near here. The bodies handed over were those of Abdul Haleen, 30, and Rashida Begum, 65.

Abdul died in a hospital in Jodhpur town of Rajasthan after falling ill in the Jodhpur jail. He was serving his sentence for illegal entry into India a few years back.

Rashida was arrested by the narcotics department officials at Attari May 2006 when she was trying to smuggle drugs on the Samjhauta Express - the peace train between both countries.

She died here May 22 after a heart attack while being taken for a court hearing.

Her two daughters, who were also arrested with her with the contraband, are still lodged in Amritsar jail and face a drugs trial.

In recent months, India has handed over to Pakistan bodies of four Pakistani nationals who died in Indian prisons.

Pakistan in March this year released as a goodwill gesture Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh, who was on a death row there and was languishing in Pakistani jails for 35 years.

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