Pakistani team visiting Indian jails

August 18th, 2008 - 11:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Amritsar/New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) A Pakistani delegation of retired judges began a six-day visit to India Monday to inspect the conditions of Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails. The four-member delegation, which is part of the joint judicial committee on prisoners, inspected the prison in Amritsar where some Pakistanis are being held.

“All Pakistani prisoners, except for six-seven, have been identified and will be able to go back to Pakistan within the next two weeks,” delegation leader and retired judge Nasir Aslam Zahid said here after spending over two hours inside the prison.

He said that over 450 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen from the Gujarat coast, were still in Pakistani prisons and would be repatriated shortly.

Zahid, however, refused to say anything on the status of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan on terrorism charges.

The delegation will arrive in New Delhi Tuesday and visit the Tihar jail. It will also go to Jaipur.

Apart from Zahid, the delegation includes retired judges Fazal Karim, Mohammad Ajmal and Abdul Qadeer Chaudhry.

The delegation will also be meeting Indian members of the joint judicial committee set up to deal with the long-pending issue of prisoners and discuss with them the plight of prisoners and press for more humane treatment for them.

A four-member Indian delegation of retired judges visited jails in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore in June and discussed ways of expediting the release of prisoners detained in each other’s country.

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