ISLAMABAD: As many 271 Pakistanis, who had completed their sentences on petty charges in the jails of different countries, have been released after payment of Rs 16 million.
According to Foreign Office, 77 prisoners, who had completed their sentences on petty charges but were not being released due to non-payment of fines, were got freed from Dubai during May-June 2013.
An amount of Rs 8,799,872 sanctioned from the government account was placed at the disposal of Dubai for the payment of fines, the Foreign Office provided the information during a recent meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control.
The committee was also informed that in April 2013, the government incurred expenditure for the payment of lawyer’s fee for the release and repatriation of 14 Pakistani fishermen from India.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid Rs 1,323,390 for one way air tickets for 32 destitute Pakistanis for their repatriation from Kula Lumpur in April, 2013.
One Pakistani prisoner in China, who had completed his 5-year sentence in May, 2013 for travelling on fake documents was got released after the payment of fine of Rs. 1,600,000 from the government exchequer.
Another Pakistani prisoner in Nepal, who had completed his sentence on the charges of carrying fake Indian currency, was got freed in June 2013 after the payment of fine of Rs 461,386 by the government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid fine of Rs 3,777,488 in May 2013 to secure the release of four Pakistani prisoners from Saudi Arabia, who had completed their imprisonment on various petty charges.
During the year 2010-11, 92 Pakistani prisoners/ detainees, (90 in the Gulf countries and two in Malaysia) were got released through payment of fines and legal aid.
During 2011-12, Pakistan’s missions in Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, secured the release of 30 prisoners after payment of fines, who had completed their sentences and had not committed heinous crimes, but were still in jail due to non-payment of fines, the committee was told. NNI