ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan on Thursday informed the National Assembly that Pakistan had released a total of 1321 Indian civilian/fishermen prisoners from 2013 to date.
Responding to a supplementary question during the question hour, he said that during the indicated period, 31 civilian and 1290 fishermen were released.
He said Pakistan missions send monthly reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with details regarding the services provided to the Overseas Pakistanis by the Pakistani Embassies established abroad.
He said, missions send annual reports regarding targets and achievements including consular services.
The minister said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all its diplomatic Missions abroad are providing consular services for the safety and welfare of Pakistanis residing abroad.
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established a dedicated Directorate for Overseas Pakistanis which remains operational 24/7 to address the problems of Pakistani nationals abroad.
Focal points are established in all Pakistan’s Missions abroad to receive complaints 24/7 through phone and emails directly for prompt redressal.
He said, all Pakistan Missions abroad accord utmost priority in providing relief to Pakistani nationals in distress. Consular access to Pakistani prisoners and detainees is regularly arranged by Missions to extend all possible assistance, he added.—APP