920 prisoners languishing in Indian jails: Senate told

Minister for Foreign Affairs Tuesday said that some 920 Pakistani prisoners, including 770 civilians and 132 fisherman and 18 missing defence personnel, are detained in Indian jails.

In a written reply, the Minister informed the Senate that the total number of Indians in Pakistan’s custody is 203 with 63 civilians and 140 fishermen.

He said whenever the Pakistani high commission gets information about arrest of any Pakistani national; it immediately takes up the case with the Indian authorities for consular access to alleviate the sufferings of the Pakistani prisoners.

Replying to the queries, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Imad Khan said no whereabouts had been traced of the people unaccounted for during the two wars with India in 1965 and 1971.

He said the Indian authorities had not confirmed 18 missing defence personnel while their remains were not received.

Replying to another question raised by Senator Tariq Azeem, Malik Imad Khan said Indian authorities use third degree torture against all the Pakistani prisoners and that was a genuine issue raised by Tariq Azeem.

Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek urged the foreign ministry to take up the matter with the Indian authorities.